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Our Jupiter, Florida Law Firm handles Qui Tam cases such as the recent one in which a psychiatrist settles claims for unnecessary brain stimulation treatments.

Under the False Claims Act, a private party known as a relator can file an action on behalf of the United States and receive a portion of the recovery. In the mentioned case, the relators will receive a total of $300,000.

Qui tam lawsuits are a type of civil lawsuit that whistleblowers bring under the False Claims Act, a law that rewards whistleblowers if their qui tam cases recover funds for the government.

If you are aware of any fraud against the government contact our law office for a free case evaluation.

 

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Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and then changed it to make the Senate happy. The Senate passed the revised version without changes.

President Trump signed this $100 billion bill on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 and goes into effect in 15 days from then (April 2nd, 2020).

That’s not a lot of time for your business to prepare.

The FFCRA amends the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by adding a new section 110 entitled “Public Health Emergency Leave“.

In sum the amendment provides for two weeks of fully paid Emergency Paid Sick Leave and up to 12 weeks of partially paid Emergency Medical Family Leave to employees that have been employed for at least 30 days by a company with less than 500 employees.

Learn more about FFCRA means for Employees and Employers

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FFCRA for Employers

Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

 

Qualifying for FFCRA Coverage

The FFRCA changes the threshold number of employees that must be employed by an Employer from 50 to 1 for purposes of Emergency Medical Family Leave. However, the FFRCA only applies to Employers with 500 employees or less.

Larger Companies with more than 500 Employees are not subject to the FFRCA. There is no 50-person minimum with the typical Family Medical Leave Act, and self-employed people can see some benefits.

 

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FFCRA for Employees

Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

 

Qualifying for FFCRA Coverage

Small and mid-size companies are required to provide two weeks of paid sick leave for all employees regardless of when they started work and up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for employees affected by the Coronavirus who have worked at the company for at least a month.

  • Sick leave is to be paid at the usual pay rate.
  • Family leave is to be paid at two-thirds of the usual pay rate.

The House capped paid sick leave at $511 per day and paid family leave at $200 per day. In other words, paid sick leave would fully compensate employees earning up to about $130,000 a year for that two-week period, and paid family and medical leave would fully compensate employees earning up to about $75,000 a year for the three-month period.

 

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Jacksonville, Florida – Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that Haven Hospice (Haven), a hospice company headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, has agreed to pay $5,085,024 to resolve allegations that Haven violated the False Claims Act by knowingly billing the government for medically unnecessary and undocumented hospice services.

The settlement concludes a lawsuit originally filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida by a former employee of Haven Hospice, Dr. John Simons. The lawsuit was filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act that permits private individuals to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery. The Act also allows the government to intervene and take over the action. Dr. Simons will receive roughly $900,000 of the proceeds from the settlement with Haven.

Treasure Coast Hospice, a nonprofit owned by parent company Treasure Health, settled a case for $2.5 million in November of 2017, without admission of liability.

“In a routine review of patient records in 2014, the government asserted that Treasure Coast Hospice did not provide sufficient documentation for the care that was delivered to certain patients during the period from 2005 to 2011,” Scott Roads, Treasure Health Board of Directors chairman, said in a recent email to TCPalm.

The financial settlement does not reflect the extent of the nonprofit’s wrongdoing, according to Christopher Copeland, a Jupiter attorney who represents the whistleblowers, former Treasure Health employees Dr. Lewis Cook and Dr. John Simons.

“The damages the government was able to identify far exceeded their ability to pay,” Copeland told TCPalm on Thursday. “The desire was not to shut hospice down, but to allow them to continue to provide services.”

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Our Jupiter, Florida Law Firm handles Qui Tam cases such as the recent 18 million dollar Medicare suit against a Palm Beach dermatologist.

Qui tam lawsuits are a type of civil lawsuit that whistleblowers bring under the False Claims Act, a law that rewards whistleblowers if their qui tam cases recover funds for the government.

If you are aware of any fraud against the government contact our law office for a free case evaluation.

 

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WEST PALM BEACH – When County Commissioner Shelly Vana last year began gathering evidence of abuse and mismanagement at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Correctional Facility, she wasn’t acting alone.

Employees, concerned about the welfare of 118 teenage boys housed in the detention center, provided information that she credited with spurring Youth Services International to walk away from its multi-million-contract with the state to operate the facility. The company later bailed out on its lucrative contracts to operate seven other juvenile lockups around the state.

But two employees now say they paid a hefty price for helping Vana, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

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US Department of Labor

On May 18th 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule updating its regulations to increase the salary threshold required to qualify for the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions. The DOL estimates that the updated regulations, which more than double the minimum salary for a white collar exemption to apply, will cause 4.2 million currently exempt workers to be entitled to minimum wage and overtime protection, absent intervening action by their employers, at a cost of $1.2 billion in additional overtime pay in the first year alone. Employers must be in compliance with the new regulations by December 1, 2016, when they become effective. For employers who have not yet begun to grapple with the myriad implications of the new regulations, there is no time to lose. Here’s why.

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We have, once again, updated our employment law website.

This was done in order to better provide our clients with relevant, helpful employment related articles. In addition, we wanted to provide our new and potential clients with quick and easy access to our firm.

Couple all this with a new, more modern design and images makes navigating our site and finding the resources you need an enjoyable one.

We wish to thank you for your patience while we continue to update and improve our web related information. Should you have any feedback or suggestions, feel free to let us know using our online contact form.

Contact our Employment Law Firm

Have any other legal questions? Give our Jupiter, Florida based employment law firm a call at (561) 691-9048 for assistance. We are located at 1003 W Indiantown Road, #210, Jupiter, Florida 33458.

Again, should you have any questions regarding FFCRA do not hesitate to contact us.