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June 2018 Archives

VA watchdog v. VA Secretary in battle over whistleblowers

On one side there is the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter O'Rourke and on the other side, the VA's watchdog, Inspector General Michael Missal. In between are the whistleblowers -- those brave enough to step forward and report fraud being committed against the U.S. governmental agency.

Employers warned to avoid FMLA violations

The old song says that a sigh is just a sigh. But when a manager sighs or swears when an employee requests leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, it can be the start of real problems for the employer. That's what attendees at the recent Society for Human Resource Management's annual conference were told.

Nursing Home Settles Therapy Whistleblower Suit For Roughly $30M

A large nursing home operator in the south has settled a whistleblower lawsuit for more than $30 million. Signature HealthCARE, LLC, owns roughly 125 facilities and regularly seeks reimbursement from Medicare. Two former therapy employees for the nursing home company noted that the facilities were billing Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were over-inflated. An investigation revealed that the company billed Medicare for services that were not reasonable, necessary, and skilled, according to the Department of Justice.

Sprint settles wage-and-hour class-action lawsuit

Sprint’s business sales employees might be forgiven if they ask management of the company “Can you hear me now?” After news that Sprint recently reached a $3.65 million settlement with sales employees, there is no doubt that management has finally heard them.

Whistleblowers In Defense Contractor Lawsuit To Receive $4.4M

Branches of the United States military often rely on contractors to provide services to benefit the Armed Forces. Defense contractors employ civilians to perform these services. Yet, if a defense industry contractor seeks to pad its own bottom line through overbilling, the federal government may not necessarily be able to detect fraudulent billing practices. For that reason, the federal False Claims Act allows private individuals to bring forth information about unfair and unlawful billing practices to protect taxpayers and the government from fraudulent practices.

Long-term disability insurance explained

We read with interest a recent article on a personal financial news website about two programs that help employees who are unable to continue working because of injury or illness. Both are familiar to regular readers of our Milwaukee employment law blog: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and long-term disability insurance (LTD).

Are you too old to read this?

The short answer: of course you are not too old to read this newest post on our Milwaukee employment law blog. However, that doesn't mean you might not be considered too old to read employment ads on Facebook placed by Amazon, Ikea, T-Mobile, Cox Media Group and hundreds of other companies allegedly targeting their ads away from job-seekers in their 50s and 60s.

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