New Laws for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and Confidentiality – Libel and Slander

Still another bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018 to protect victims of sexual harassment and abuse is AB 2770. The aim of this bill is to protect victims and employer by addressing concerns about when complaints about sexual harassment might escalate into a defamation lawsuit. Prior law Prior California ...

New Laws for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and Confidentiality – Waiver of Right of Petition or Free Speech

Another bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018 was AB 3109. The law references California’s Constitution which provides that “people have the right to petition the government for redress of grievances and to assemble freely to consult for the common good. The California Constitution provides that ...

New Laws for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and Confidentiality – Settlements and Non-Disclosure Agreements

Another law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018 was SB 820. The prior law Prior to the passage of this law, settlement agreements could not have a provision that prevented disclosing factual information, related to a civil action that creates a cause of action - for specific listed sexual offenses. The prior l...

Commonly Used Employment Laws in California

Employers must comply with the following laws according to the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) FEHA Regulations Department's Procedural Regulations California Family Rights Act (CFRA) New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) Unruh Civil Rights Act (Requ...

Laws that Authorize Rewards to Whistleblowers

The federal government has enacted numerous laws to help disclose government fraud. Since the government can’t be everywhere every hour of the day, it relies on employees, contractors, and every-day citizens to report fraudulent acts that cost the government money. Samples of fraud include overbilling, billing for se...

Safe Harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute

The Anti-Kickback Statute can be used as the basis for a False Claims Act if the kickback is meant to induce someone to refer patients or business to the person making the payment. If the payment/inducement involves Medicare or Medicaid, then the kickbacks can be considered fraud which justifies a False Claims Act clai...