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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

Trade Me pushes for consumer law change
Stuff.co.nzMarch 1, 2012

Trade Me says it will continue to push for an amendment to a bill overhauling consumer law as it believes full and part-time traders should have to identify themselves as being professionals when selling goods online or at fairs, markets and car boot ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The Washington duo behind a Texas affirmative action case
Washington PostMarch 4, 2012

University of Texas at Austin, which could eliminate affirmative action in college admissions. Abigail Fisher, a white student, sued the university in 2008 after being denied entry to the freshman class, saying the school's use of race in admissions ...more »

Government Employees
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Employee groups uncertain about Kan. pension plan
Lawrence Journal WorldMarch 3, 2012

By John Hanna, AP Topeka — Public employee groups in Kansas have misgivings about a legislative proposal unveiled Friday for overhauling the state pension system, even though it backs away from starting a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Manatee County school board attorney clarifies legal issues
Bradenton HeraldMarch 3, 2012

309 (1) requires that the superintendent “consult with, and attempt to represent the views of” the School Board in the collective bargaining process. Section 447.605 (1) provides that “all discussions” between the superintendent and School Board ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Liberals Need to Choose: Welfare State or Immigration
Huffington PostMarch 2, 2012

Overcoming the costs of the welfare state is the biggest challenge faced by proponents of immigration reform. The perception that immigrants use and abuse the welfare state is prevalent just about anywhere you look. Many voters and politicians believe ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Recession caused large drop in labor disputes
Bizjournals.comMarch 14, 2012

History suggests that management and organized labor are less combative when the economy turns sour. Fifty major strikes and lockouts occurred at American corporations during the four-year economic downturn (2008-2011). That was 38 percent below the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Letters: Whose rights matter more, church's or employees'?
Detroit Free PressMarch 4, 2012

The rights of religious institutions, such as hospitals and colleges, are being made superior to that of their employees. Religious institutions cannot discriminate in employment, but in this instance the law legalizes discrimination against the ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Welfare Reform Bill passes final House of Lords hurdle
BBC NewsMarch 1, 2012

Meanwhile, MPs have said that the rights of disabled people to lead an independent life must be written into UK law. The Commons Human Rights Committee said the "cumulative impact" to the benefits system could force some people out of their homes.more »

Employment Contracts
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EU: PMI Services contracts in February
FXstreet.comMarch 5, 2012

However, the fact that employment fell again in February reminds us just how uncomfortable companies are with the business outlook, with job creation slipping even in Germany.” Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk and may not ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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U takes on workplace bullying
Minnesota DailyMarch 8, 2012

A national 2010 survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute found more than one-third of employees have experienced some kind of bullying behavior while at work. The majority of bullies are men, but most of it is same-gender harassment.more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Chef Has a Bone to Pick With Hyatt
Courthouse News ServiceMarch 1, 2012

He says that in January 2010, he asked Hyatt to reduce his workday to 7 hours, under the Family Medical Leave Act, and submitted a written request for this, from his doctor, to Hyatt's Human Resources Department. "Specifically, he requested to not work ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Guest worker program part of fix to immigration
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldMarch 13, 2012

That fix includes a useable guest worker program, he said. The federal government also needs to adjust the status of the undocumented workers already here, by having a program or process for current undocumented immigrants to receive a temporary work ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Commissioners to vote on terminating Katris
Jackson County NewspapersMarch 1, 2012

A personnel matter is one of the few reasons a governing body can go into an executive (closed) session, according to the West Virginia Open Governmental Meetings Law. According to state law, a public body can take no votes during an executive session.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Court rules state police did not break labor law
Go LackawannaMarch 6, 2012

The Pennsylvania State Police did not commit an unfair labor practice when a commander took disciplinary action, which was later rescinded, against two troopers who conducted their own investigation of a superior, a state appellate court has ruled.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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US Dept. of Justice goes after state voter ID laws
KSN-TVMarch 13, 2012

The controversial voter ID law in Kansas and similar laws in other states continue to draw fire from opponents. “We do not know what the motives are for this movement across the nation, but whatever it is, it's unconstitutional,” said Ernestine ...more »

Proposal would require legislature to approve union contracts
The State Journal-RegisterMarch 1, 2012

If the legislature rejects the agreement, the agency and the union would go back to the negotiating table. Brady said Illinois has been burned by unilateral negotiations between the governor and labor unions. “We need to bring transparency in an ...more »

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