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Increased Emergency Room Charges Loom for Patients at Critical Access Hospitals
Increased Emergency Room Charges Loom for Patients at Critical Access Hospitals
Clear Lake, CA On April 8, the DC Circuit Court, which has jurisdiction over Medicare cases, held that Medicare need not reimburse St. Helena Clear Lake Hospital for the cost of maintaining nonemergency room specialists on call. Without Medicare reimbursement, the cost of maintaining these doctors on call will ultimately be passed along to patients through higher emergency room charges.

Amazon Faces Class Action for Not Covering COVID Work-From-Home Expenses
Amazon Faces Class Action for Not Covering COVID Work-From-Home Expenses
Santa Cruz, CA A federal judge ruled last month that an Amazon employee can go ahead with a class action lawsuit seeking to recoup expenses while working from home during the COVID pandemic. Although California labor law requires employers to reimburse employees for all work-related expenses, Amazon argued that the government told workers to stay home. The class action could affect over 4,000 employees working for the tech company at 12 different California locations.

California Attorney General Supports Washington State’s Ruling that GEO owes Detainees Minimum Wages
California Attorney General Supports Washington State’s Ruling that GEO owes Detainees Minimum Wages
Santa Clara, CA California's attorney general has taken the lead in supporting Washington State’s decision to enforce minimum wage laws, which includes GEO, a private prison company that, since at least 2005, has paid thousands of detainee workers $1 per day for labor that is necessary to keep its facility operational. The private prison company has appealed a Washington district court ruling that it owes back pay to detainees.

Covid Long-Haulers and Denied Disability
Covid Long-Haulers and Denied Disability
Santa Clara, CA If you are a COVID 19 long-hauler and your disability claim has been denied, don’t give up – don’t accept excuses from your insurer. The medical and legal community, state and federal governments (including the CDC) and a recent global survey recognize Long COVID as a disability and insurers will increasingly find it difficult to deny LTD benefits.


Does Workers Compensation Cover Heart Attack?
Does Workers Compensation Cover Heart Attack?
Santa Clara, CA Many Americans, particularly those with heart conditions, have good reason to ask whether they are eligible for Worker’s Compensation if they suffer a heart attack at work. Heart attacks are normally covered by state workers’ compensation laws but there are often many factors involved and you may wonder if a heart attack or stroke qualifies for worker's comp.

Dell found Liable for Transgender Discrimination
Dell found Liable for Transgender Discrimination
New York, NY An arbitrator found that Dell Technologies discriminated against 61-year-old Cicilia Gilbert, a transgender employee by firing her during her gender transition, said Gilbert’s labor law attorney. According to Cicilia Gilbert’s lawsuit, the tech giant terminated her in the middle of her transition and a co-worker advised her not to come out of the closet. 

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Whistleblower Outed Abbott Labs Two Years Before FDA Closed Sturgis Plant
Whistleblower Outed Abbott Labs Two Years Before FDA Closed Sturgis Plant
Sturgis, MI  Evidence of contaminated baby formula sounds like it should have been an “all-hands-on-deck” emergency for Abbott Laboratories and the Food and Drug Administration. Instead, it took the FDA nearly two years to send inspectors to the Sturgis, Michigan plant, where they found “shocking” conditions. By then two babies had died and several more had become ill. Had it not been for the dogged persistence of a whistleblower who filed federal and state OSHA complaints as well as an FDA complaint, the tainted formula could have hurt many more.


Two men retaliated against for reporting sexual and racial harassment awarded $460 million
Two men retaliated against for reporting sexual and racial harassment awarded $460 million
Los Angeles, CA Two former SoCal Edison employees who said they suffered retaliation at the Southern California utility after reporting sexual and racial harassment have been awarded more than $460 million by a Los Angeles County jury. Both punitive and compensatory awards have made history – the former is more than double of any previous employment verdict in U.S. history and the latter $22.37 million in compensatory damages for Martinez is believed to be one of the largest Fair Employment and Housing Act case in California labor law history.

Equinox Employees Go Ahead with Three Class Actions
Equinox Employees Go Ahead with Three Class Actions
Los Angeles, CA Over 9,000 Equinox employees, including personal trainers and group fitness instructors, have been given the green light by a California federal judge to have their wage claims and other California labor laws resolved by three class actions rather than individually.

Abbott Laboratories Investigated by FDA who is Investigated by Lawmakers
Abbott Laboratories Investigated by FDA who is Investigated by Lawmakers
Sturgis, MI The FDA began to investigate the Abbott baby formula plant on February 17th, almost two weeks after Stephen’s son died, allegedly from exposure to Cronobacter sakazakii – a bacteria found at Abbott Laboratories Inc.'s facility in Sturgis, Michigan.

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