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Medical Board Issues Updated Public Disciplinary Information Law

On July 1, a new California law changed the Medical Board of California’s guidelines for posting physicians and surgeons’ disciplinary information to the public. Last August, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1886, which requires the Board to post the most serious disciplinary information, including enforcement actions, disciplinary actions, civil judgments, arbitration awards, and certain…

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Department of Labor: Most Workers Qualify as Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On July 15, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance aimed at curbing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, saying that most workers qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and stressing the statute’s expansive definition of employment. In the DOL’s first “administrator’s interpretation” of 2015, Wage and Hour…

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Jury Finds HR Manager Wrongfully Fired in $538K Pregnancy Discrimination Verdict

On June 18, an Orange County jury ruled against internet marketing company eGumball for unlawfully firing and discriminating against their own HR Manager upon her return from maternity leave. The company will pay the plaintiff, Kimberly Perry, more than $538,000 in damages. In February 2013, Perry told her boss, John Bauer, that she was pregnant. …

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Blue Shield Loses Tax-Exempt Status, Comes Under Scrutiny for Care1st Acquisition

Non-profit health insurer Blue Shield of California has come under public scrutiny for its huge cash reserves, history of large rate increases, and lack of disclosure to the taxpayers.  The California Franchise Tax Board punished Blue Shield by stripping the insurer of its tax-exempt status at the end of 2014.  Today, Blue Shield remains controversial. …

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State Governing Boards Face Antitrust Risk after Supreme Court Ruling in North Carolina Dentists Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) when it ruled North Carolina’s custom of practicing dentists serving on the state regulatory board was anticompetitive.  The decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission could subject thousands of similarly structured boards to antitrust liability, and brings into…

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PAGA and Arbitration Agreements in California

Background: What is PAGA? The Private Attorney General Act of 2004, or PAGA, allows a private citizen to pursue civil penalties on behalf of the State of California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). PAGA gives the private citizen the unique ability to act as an attorney general, as he or she has the right…

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