COVID-19 and California Employment Law

As California employees scramble to understand the recent changes in the law as it relates to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the following resources to the community generally and as to protections available to California employees in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Generally: - Federal and California tax return ...

The Purchaser of Department of Energy Loan to Pay $29 Million to Settle Alleged Bidding Fraud

The US Department of Justice announced on January 31, 2020, that “Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC, Hybrid Technology LLC, and Ace Strength International LTD, have agreed to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by colluding to rig the bidding of an auction to purchase the United States Department of En...

Implicit Bias Training for Physicians, Nurses and Physicians Assistants – California AB Bill – 241

Recently passed legislation will require, as of January 1, 2022, that physicians, nurses, and physician practice assistants receive implicit bias training as part of their licensing requirements. The Medical Practices Act governs the licensure of physicians. The Nursing Practices act governs the licensure of nurses....

False Claims Act Summary for 2019 – Procurement Fraud

The US Justice Department announced on January 9, 2020, that there were large recoveries in the procurement fraud sector because of claims brought through the Federal False Claims Act. Some of the major recoveries included the following case: Five South-Korean based companies paid more than $162 million to resolve...

False Claims Summary for 2019 – Other Types of Fraud

In its January 9, 2020 press release, the US Justice Department announced approximately $3 billion in recoveries for the fiscal year 2020. In addition to healthcare and procurement fraud cases, some of the False Claims Act case recoveries and settlements included the following: Duke University paid $112.5 million ...

False Claims Act Summary for 2019 – Individual Accountability

The US Justice Department announced on January 9, 2020 that nearly $ 3 billion was recovered by the Department of Justice in False Claims Act cases. While many of the settlements were made by corporations, individuals were also required to settle claims against them for large amounts. In addition to some of the sett...

False Claims Act Summary for 2019 – Healthcare Fraud

The US Justice Department announced on January 9, 2020, that the agency had recovered more than $3 billion in fiscal year 2019 through cases brought through the False Claims Act. The use of a stronger False Claims Act has led to more than $62 billion in recoveries by the US DOJ since 1986. The qui tam whistleblower pro...

Practical Issues in Employment Termination Cases – Such as How You Prove You Were Fired for Your Race or Pregnancy 

You need your job to feed yourself and your family. Employers should never have the right to fire you because of your race, gender, national origin, disability, you’re getting too old, or for other reasons as this is considered Wrongful Termination against an employee. When employers violate federal or state discrimi...

SB 271 Expands Unemployment, Disability, And Family Leave Rights for Motion Picture and Television Production

SB 271 ensures that workers in the motion picture and television entertainment industry who work partially in other states will be entitled to full, instead of partial, unemployment insurance (UI), state disability insurance (SDI), and paid family leave (PFL) if they meet the other criteria for those laws. Prior to ...

Facebook Contesting Notice of Collective Action to Employees Who Signed Arbitration Agreement Waivers

In another notable case reported by the National Law Review, Bigger v. Facebook in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, collective action was certified based on the Fair Labor Standards Act. The case includes complaints that Facebook did not properly pay overtime to specific employee groups. ...