A federal court has invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) amended rule that would have extended minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly two million home health care workers and affected the cost and availability of those services to the millions of patients under their care. The ruling represents a significant victory for the home health care industry, though … Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed new rules that would revise an employer’s notification requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”) to align them with Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) provisions already in effect.
Under COBRA, group health plans must provide a general notice of COBRA rights to each covered employee and spouse at the … Continue Reading
An employee sends an email to her manager requesting FMLA leave to care for her father “while he deals with issues surrounding his terminally ill brother.” The supervisor writes back, “Approved,” and the employee takes leave. Neither the FMLA nor the employer’s FMLA policy allows leave to care for a terminally ill uncle. Based on the employee’s absence, the employer … Continue Reading
Healthcare practices often employ doctors under formal employment agreements that set forth the parties’ respective rights and obligations. As illustrated by a recent case involving a Florida dentist, such employment agreements not only define what the practice can do, but also implicitly define what the practice cannot do under the agreement.
Nancy Havens is a dentist who had a five … Continue Reading