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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 »

Alumni take law into own hands over jobs 'hype'
Times Higher EducationMarch 1, 2012

So unhappy, in fact, that 15 law schools are currently facing lawsuits for fraud, unfair competition and false advertising. Among those being sued are Albany Law School, DePaul University College of Law and New York Law School. "The numbers reported by ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Obama Administration Seeks Quotas Based on Disability, Race, and Perhaps ...
OpenMarket.orgMarch 2, 2012

(It is hard to understand why the Obama administration thinks this quota is authorized by the disabilities-rights laws, which the Supreme Court has said are not “affirmative action” statutes, and thus require only “reasonable accommodation” of a ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Poll says Latinos think 'illegal' is demeaning
KTAR.comMarch 9, 2012

Bob Dane with the Federation for American Immigration Reform says this is in fact an accurate term that even the Supreme Court uses. Dane calls it an attempt to sanitize the language, but he says there's not a more corrective alternative.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Unions to push to block 'right to work' in Michigan
The Detroit NewsMarch 1, 2012

"The UAW has been out in front advocating for in Michigan that we do a ballot initiative to change the Michigan constitution — to protect workers against corporations and guarantee workers' right to collective bargaining." Next week, the UAW will hold ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Supply Chain News: Labor Disputes Settled at Cooper Tire and Caterpillar ...
Supply Chain DigestMarch 6, 2012

The lockout dragged on into February, with pressure in a sense applied to the Findlay workers after the company did reach a new contract with the United Steel Workers at a plant in Texarkana, Arkansas, where a new contract was overwhelmingly approved ...more »

Rrb Disability
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'I thought I was going to vomit': Mother describes disabled son's sexual assault
Belleville News DemocratMarch 10, 2012

His mother thought he would be safe, but she said her worst fears came true when she learned that her son allegedly was raped inside the psychiatric ward of a local hospital and the identity of her son's attacker was protected by law.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Contracting Company to Pay $40000 as Part of Discrimination Settlement
Human Resources JournalMarch 9, 2012

Rugo Stone is likewise enjoined (prevented by law) from further actions that would discriminate against any person based on national origin, religion or color, and will be monitored by the EEOC while the decree is in effect.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Undercover Reporter Recounts Horrific Sexual Assault by Applebee's Co-Worker
JezebelMarch 2, 2012

Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, writes on the Daily Beast today about how she struggled to fend off harassment from an all-male staff while she was working in ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Weymouth struggles to meet school spending requirement
Wicked LocalMarch 6, 2012

“The biggest (employee) groups that contracts have to be negotiated with are the fire department, police, department of public works, the library staff and the schools,” Kay said. The town expects to fall $2.37 million short of meeting a state-mandated ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Theater preview: Rep lifts 'Curtain'
U-T San DiegoMarch 9, 2012

Kinan Valdez (left) and Vivia Font play a pair of undocumented immigrants in the San Diego Repertory Theatre world premiere of Matthew Spangler's "Tortilla Curtain," based on a novel by TC Boyle. — Daren Scott The pair of struggling immigrants in ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Syrians here worry about family
Buffalo NewsMarch 1, 2012

Dr. Othman Shibly of the University at Buffalo helped organize and spoke at the event, which included a number of the 100 or so Syrians and Syrian-Americans Ñ many in the medical and dental fields Ñ who he estimated live in Western New York.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Fifth Circuit to Hear Appeal of National Labor Relations Board Decision That ...
JD Supra (press release)March 5, 2012

... current and prospective employees to sign arbitration agreements that limit them to bringing arbitration claims individually (that is, not as a class) and that bar court claims altogether violate the NLRA and commit an unfair labor practice.more »

Federal Personnel
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Jail inmate with violent past recaptured after escape from county jail
The HighlanderMarch 1, 2012

Johnny Angel Ybarra, 40, who was recently assessed three life sentences after accepting a plea bargain involving burglary and sexual assault charges, surrendered to authorities after Burnet Police, sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement personnel...more »

Matt Mayer: Should Ohio become a right-to-work state? | Yes
Columbus DispatchMarch 1, 2012

As Europe and Japan fully recovered from the devastation of World War II and developing nations reaped the benefits of open-trade policies, America's near monopoly in production ended, as did the monopoly that allowed unions to drive up labor costs to ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Limbaugh: Contraception advocate should post online sex videos
msnbc.com (blog)March 1, 2012

By NBC News and msnbc.com staff Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, already under fire from Democrats over his language in discussing a Georgetown University law student who testified about contraception, ratcheted up his rhetoric on Thursday, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Fired SCAP official demands $496K he said he would forgo
Modesto BeeMarch 10, 2012

The wrongful termination complaint was filed Wednesday in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Gibbs was the development director for SCAP, and his wife, Denise Gibbs, was executive director, before SCAP's board of directors fired them "for cause" in late ...more »

Government Employees
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Governor Should Reject Bad Bill On Public Employees' Addresses
Bob Englehart | Englehart's View (blog)March 1, 2012

There's a mad rush at the state Capitol to hide the home addresses of tens of thousands of government employees contained in public records. The state House passed an emergency bill on the matter without a public hearing, and the Senate unanimously ...more »

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