Weekly catch-up

Our crack Workplace Safety team has a bulletin explaining the new guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on its "Reasonable Reporting Procedures" rule, Hot Dog Man.flickrCC.JeleneMorrisless catchily known as §1904.35(b)(1)(iv). The good news is that OSHA's restrictions on post-incident drug testing are fairly mild. But there are many unanswered questions about how the rule will affect safety incentive programs and timely reporting procedures, so you'd better go read it!

If you're a healthcare employer, you will want to read our year-end edition of Preventive Medicine. There is a feature article by moi on plaintiffs who use the threat of the False Claims Act as leverage to negotiate better separation packages and settlements, the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice on False Claims Act filings and recoveries in the healthcare industry, and other small bites of legal news of interest to healthcare employers.

Image Credit: From flickr, Creative Commons license, by Jelene Morris.

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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