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Health care providers in Cincinnati area to pay $2.6 million to resolve FCA allegations; whistleblowing doctor will receive $468,000

June 17th, 2010

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, two of its member hospitals (The Fort Hamilton Hospital and The University Hospital), and University Internal Medicine Associates Inc will pay the federal government $2.6 million to settle claims alleging that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback-for-referral scheme, the Department [Read more...]


Expert provides guidance for employers’ hurricane and disaster preparation

June 16th, 2010

Epstein Becker & Green labor and employment attorney Michael Casey warns that businesses should be preparing for the unique HR challenges that pose as a result of hurricanes. While it is impossible to be fully prepared for any natural disaster, it is important for employers to be aware of employment laws that may be implicated [Read more...]


Outgoing NLRB General Counsel reports on Board’s injunction activity during his term

June 16th, 2010

In his recently released report on the NLRB’s Section 10(j) injunction activity, outgoing General Counsel Ronald Meisburg reported that 112 injunction proceedings were authorized under Section 10(j) during his four-and-a-half years on the job. “The 112 authorized cases do, in my view, represent an active and vital 10(j) program and, given intake, merit factor and [Read more...]


Poor health is number one reason employees retire early, but job satisfaction also plays a part

June 15th, 2010

Poor health is the most important reason why workers decide to take early retirement, but factors such as high work pressure and low job satisfaction also play a role, reports a study in the June Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Added support [Read more...]


Illinois treasurer signs EO extending family benefits to gay and lesbian employees in domestic partnerships

June 15th, 2010

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias signed an Executive Order providing gay and lesbian treasury department employees in domestic partnerships with the same family leave rights and benefits as married employees. The new office policy, which recognizes a domestic partnership as equivalent to marriage, allows gay and lesbian employees to take unpaid leave to care for a [Read more...]