Karen M. Buesing

Karen M. Buesing

Karen Buesing has counseled and represented management in employment law matters for more than 30 years. She is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Labor & Employment Law. She has represented businesses, small and large, in litigation matters before local, state, and federal agencies, state and federal courts, and arbitration panels. Her experience includes discrimination and harassment claims, investigation, and litigation; whistleblower litigation; wage and hour litigation; non-compete and trade secret litigation; employment contract negotiation and litigation; litigation of fiduciary obligations; litigation of minority shareholder/partner disputes in closely held entities; and all aspects of employment counseling and training. Additionally, Karen assists health care providers in complying with their obligations to customers, patients, and companions who have hearing or other disabilities or are of Limited English Proficiency, including development of Section 504 compliance plans, ADA compliance plans and training programs, and representation in investigations of alleged violations.

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Justice Department Continues to Target Health Care Providers with “Barrier-Free” Initiative

The Department of Justice’s recent settlement with a Chicago-based hospital system is the latest reflecting the agency’s continuing pursuit of claims against health care providers – small and large — who fail to provide adequate service to persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired. Under the settlement, Franciscan St. James Health is required to conduct disability assessments to be documented … Continue Reading

Patient Records: Increasing Exposure for Privacy Breaches

Healthcare providers and businesses that store or process protected health information (“PHI”) face increased scrutiny and significant fines for data privacy breaches and security lapses in the coming months. In the past 12 months, the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has recovered more than $10 million in fines for alleged violations of HIPAA. … Continue Reading

Justice Department Continues to Target Healthcare Providers with “Barrier Free Initiative”

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has stepped up its pursuit of healthcare providers for failing to provide adequate service to persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired. In May, the DOJ announced multiple settlements with healthcare providers including a hospital, rehabilitation centers, an ear, nose, and throat practice, and a sports medicine center. The DOJ investigations were in response to … Continue Reading

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