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...

Severance Agreements – What Does the Employer Want

Employers don’t give severance pay through the kindness of their hearts. They want something in return. They may offer severance to encourage older workers to leave so they can replace them with younger cheaper workers. Employers may offer severance because a company needs to downsize. Often employers want to buy off...

Fashion Retailer To Pay $3.5M To Button Up EEOC Probe

Cato Corporation, a Seller of Women’s Fashions, Agrees to $3.5 Million Payment of EEOC Investigation The EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced that Cato Corporation was settling EEOC allegations for millions. The settlement resolves charges that Cato mistreated pregnant employees and mistr...

Legal and Practical Issues for Unlimited Vacation Policies in California

The Trend of Unlimited Vacation Policies | California Employment Law Most businesses used to offer employees vacation time based on the number of months or hours they worked. A common example for starting employees is one week off for every six months worked. In California, vacation time was required to be accrued. Th...