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Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Speaks Out on Employment Issues

Posted on May 3, 2017, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Several recent decisions by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals have set the tone for court decisions in the employment law field.  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals covers a number of states in the Midwest, including Wisconsin, so the rulings are im…

OCR Settlement Lessons - Failing to Perform an Electronic Access Risk Analysis Before an Unauthorized Access Occurs

Posted on May 3, 2017, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

Failure to conduct a risk assessment before a hacking incident occurred resulted in a $400,000 settlement between the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and a Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC).  The FQHC filed a breach report upon learning its employee …

Repayment and Self Disclosure of Known Overpayments

Posted on May 3, 2017, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

Timeframes for Making Repayment to the Government The 60-day repayment rule adopted as part of the Affordable Care Act is a very strong arrow in the quiver of federal enforcement agencies.  Under the 60-day rule a known overpayment can become a False …

Lessons from OCR HIPAA Settlements - Mobile Device Security Standards

Posted on May 3, 2017, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

In the first known case involving a wireless provider, a cardiology service provider agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).  The company provides remote m…

One Racial Slur Constitutes Harassment?

Posted on May 4, 2017, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has again opened the door to questions about hostile work environment and racial harassment.  The particular question addressed in this court decision was whether one racial epitaph (…

2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on May 8, 2017, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
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The Internal Revenue Service on May 5th announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2018. HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Li…

OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronically Submitting Worker Injury and Illness Records

Posted on May 18, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on May 17, 2017 that the deadline for employers with 250 and more employees to electronically submit information from their 2016 Form 300A to OSHA is being extended.  Under the electronic…

Unemployment Benefits Cannot Be Denied Based on Eight Cash Transaction Inadvertent Errors Out of 80,000 Transactions in a 21-Month Period

Posted on May 22, 2017, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has interpreted the meaning of “substantial fault” in an unemployment insurance case, which will be applicable in worker’s compensation cases, as well.  The case is Operton v. Labor and Industry Review Commission, 2017 WL 1743…

Breaking News-House Passes Comp Time Bill!

Some Frequently Asked Questions for the Curious... The House passed a bill named the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 earlier this month that, if signed into law, would dramatically change private sector compensation in the United States.  Int…

Thinking About Expanding Your Business

Posted on May 30, 2017, Authored by Christopher M. Seelen
Christopher M. Seelen
Attorney
Eau Claire Office
, Filed under Ag-Visor

Flyte Family Farm in Coloma has grown a lot over the years.  Not only has Flyte grown tons of crops, but Flyte has also grown its business, which has expanded to five greenhouses and 3200 acres. Adam Flyte and his wife, Carrie, started their business …

Reminder: New Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Effective June 1

Posted on May 31, 2017, Authored by Emilu E. C. Starck
Emilu E. C. Starck
Attorney
Eau Claire Office
, Filed under Health Care

As discussed in a previous blog, beginning on June 1, 2017, health care providers of services and suppliers wanting to voluntarily disclose actual or potential violations of the Stark Law must follow a new process finalized by CMS.  Previously, health ca…

Protected Employee Must Notify Employer of Need for Time Off

Posted on May 31, 2017, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision in the Northern District of California highlighted the importance of employers applying a consistent rule that employees must notify the employer if they are unable to report to work, even if the employee suffers from a disabling condit…