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3 tips for new physicians to avoid lawsuits

You have completed medical school and are about to become a physician. After years of hard work, it is finally time to do the work you are passionate about, but now you must minimize your exposures regarding Stark Law. If you are not careful, your referral processes could put you at risk for lawsuits.

Can I sue my employer for wrongful termination?

If you got fired or received discipline by your employer because you reported illegal behavior or exercised legal rights, you may have a basis for a wrongful termination case for whistleblowing or retaliation. There are laws that protect you from retaliation when you report legal, ethical or environmental wrongdoing. Learn what constitutes retaliation and what your rights are as a whistleblower.

A medical coding error could become a federal case

If you are a medical professional, whether nurse, physician, technician or specialist, you may be part of a team that provides health care and compiles information about the numerous treatment details for patients on Medicare or Medicaid. However, mistakes happen. If they do, you hope that the health of the patient is not compromised, but mistakes in overprescribing, overbilling or medical coding could bring on an investigation that might affect your reputation, your career and your livelihood.

4 fraudulent billing practices you should avoid

Improper or sloppy billing practices can lead to accusations of health care fraud. As a physician, you should be diligent in compliance and accuracy. Avoid accusations of fraud by understanding common improper procedures and following steps to make your billing and coding processes more coordinated.

How does the law protect whistleblowers?

When employees become aware that the company they work for is breaking the law, it can be hard to know what to do. Most people will start by going to their immediate supervisor, and possibly higher. In many cases where the violation was careless rather than intentional, this will be enough to fix the issue. But what can you do when you realize that your employer has no intention of doing anything about the violation?

The next step is to go outside your company to a government agency. This is a step many employees can be reluctant to take. Many are justifiably concerned about their employer's reaction and are hesitant to put their jobs on the line.

The basics of workplace retaliation

Has your employer responded with retaliation after you reported questionable employment practices? Workplace retaliation is sadly common, but it is illegal. How do you determine if you have substantial grounds for a claim? Knowing the details about workplace retaliation and the laws regarding it can help you understand your situation. Learn about what retaliation can look like and what you can do about it.

4 important facts about family and medical leave

There may come a time where you need to take time away from work to handle health challenges. One of the federal laws that allows employees to take leave without negative consequences for certain medical reasons is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Learn the basic facts about FMLA to understand your rights.

How to know if you are covered by the ADA

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, job discrimination against those with disabilities is prohibited. Disabled people can sometimes face mistreatment from employers but are not aware they are protected by the ADA. It is vital to know what situations are covered and if you have faced disability discrimination.

Leading Research Institution Accused (Again) Of Gender Bias

Gender discrimination in the workplace is at its lowest rate ever - but remains incredibly prevalent, even in our country's leading research institutions. The Washington Post recently reported on a female scientist who filed an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint against her employer, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for failing to offer her tenure based on gender bias.

The scientist has spent several years at the NIH researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. She has developed an international recommendation, and was recommended for tenure several times by outside peers. She has asserted - and not without cause - that the NIH is currently succumbing to gender bias in its failure to consider her for tenure.

Raw data rarely give the full picture, but can provide a helpful frame; it's notable that of the 827 tenured individuals at the NIH, fewer than 25 percent are women.

Wonder Bread Company Fails To Pay Overtime To Employees

Established almost 100 years ago in Thomasville, Georgia, Flowers Foods has grown into one of the country's most successful bakery goods companies, owning such brands as Wonder Bread and Nature's Own. Its legacy is currently under threat, however, as it faces nearly two dozen lawsuits as well as an investigation by the federal government.

The problems stem from Flowers Foods' employment practices. As detailed in The Wall Street Journal, "The bakery faces lawsuits in various states brought by delivery drivers who allege the company violated the [Fair Labor Standards Act] by misclassifying them as independent contractors, causing them to miss out on overtime pay, benefits, and other compensation given to employees."

Ultimately, Flowers Foods could be compelled to pay more than $1 billion for back wages, fines, health care, and other considerations.