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OSHA Final Rule Implements New Requirements Affecting EMS Agencies

On May 12, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Final Rule intended to improve the tracking of workplace illness and injuries.  While EMS agencies were excluded from the initial Proposed Rule, they are now included in the Final Rule.  The new OSHA requirements take effect August 10, 2016, with phased in...

Department of Labor Final Rule Changes Overtime Regulations

Dramatically Expanding Who is Entitled to Overtime Pay

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced the upcoming publication (on May 23, 2016) of a Final Rule intended to update and modernize the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees from the overtime pay protections of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Among other things, this...

OIG Newly Updated Exclusion Criteria as of April 18, 2016

On April 18, the OIG updated the criteria it uses to determine whether exclusion or a lesser penalty is the appropriate remedy – underscoring the renewed emphasis the OIG is placing on this important weapon in its arsenal to fight against fraud and abuse.   

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has the authority to exclude individuals or entities (collectively “person”) that engage in illegal or fraudulent conduct from participation in Federal health care programs to protect the...

CMS Passes 60-Day Overpayment Final Rule

On February 12, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Final Rule that provides guidelines to Medicare providers about their duty to report and return overpayments.  These new regulations define what it means to “identify” an overpayment and provide detailed guidance regarding Medicare providers’ overpayment obligations. 


The NLRB's "Quickie Election" Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently modified its union election rules and these changes went into effect on April 14, 2015.  Commonly referred to as the “quickie election rules,” the new procedures increase administrative burdens for employers and speed up the election process.  The bottom line is that employers will have less time to conduct an effective communications program and tackle important issues during a union election.