A Texas Heart Hospital and Subsidiary Company Agree to Pay $48 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Based on Violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute

The US Department of Justice announced on December 18, 2020, that Texas Heart Hospital of the Southwest LLP, a partially physician-owned hospital in Plano, Texas, and its wholly owned subsidiary, THHBP Management Company, LLC (collectively, the “Heart Hospital”) made a $48 million settlement of claims they violated...

New Law Extends Time Limits and Authorizes Legal Fees in Some Employee Cases

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill, making it the law of California, which changes several aspects of current employment law. The new law has two core changes: Time limits for filing a complaint The time for filing a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcem...

Workrite Companies Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Charges for $7.1 Million

Workrite Companies to Pay $7.1 Million to Settle Alleged Furniture Overcharges | OPA | Department of Justice On December 3, 2020, the US DOJ announced that a Delaware ergonomic furniture maker, Workrite Ergonomics LLC and its parent, Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co. (collectively, Workrite), agreed to pay $7.1 mil...

Minimum Wage Increases for 2021. $14 For Employers With 26 or More Employees. Otherwise, $13

There are new state and local minimum wage laws in California for 2021. The statewide minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. The minimum will be $13 per hour for companies with 25 or fewer employees. Many local regions have higher minimum wage laws than the state laws. Some ...

New California Laws Updates COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

A new California Law, dated September 17, 2020, was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the key parts of the new law are the following California OSHA authority to prohibit entry to a business due to employee risk of contracting COVID-19 The law updates the current California Occupational Safety and...