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What Constitutes Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Title VII prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace by employers with 15 or more employees. State and/or city law may prohibit religious discrimination in the workplace by employers with fewer employees. That means that your employer may not discriminate against you because of your religious beliefs. The law also prohibits an employer from harassing you […]

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Age Discrimination Lawsuit against Staples Decided in Plaintiff’s Favor

The largest verdict in Los Angeles history for an employment discrimination case was awarded to a former Staples employee fired in 2011. The employee was a facilities manager at Corporate Express prior to its acquisition by Staples in 2008. He received positive reviews for the nine years leading up to his firing. The lawsuit accused […]

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ICD-10 Transition: Operational and Legal Implications

The October 1, 2014 deadline for the transition to ICD-10 diagnosis codes is rapidly approaching.  The transition has both operational and legal implications for any practice. A new study appearing in March issue of the Journal of Oncology Practice found information loss “affecting 5% of billing costs [that] could evaporate the operating margin of a […]

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OCR Announces 2014 HIPAA Audit Program Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released information about its 2014 HIPAA compliance audit program.  The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) mandated the new compliance audit program – and as of September 23, 2013, this program applies both to health care providers […]

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New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Now Protects Pregnant Workers

The employment attorneys at The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. are pleased to announce that New Jersey Senate Bill S2995, which expands protection from discrimination for pregnant women, is now officially the law in New Jersey.  As of late last month, pregnant working women in New Jersey are guaranteed protection from discrimination throughout the course of […]

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Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services Releases Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has released the Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018. The Strategic Plan is of particular interest to health care providers because it outlines OIG’s priorities in Fraud and Abuse enforcement.  Indeed, OIG estimates that in 2012 alone, their Health Care Fraud and […]

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The Omnibus Rule and Email

Health care providers are well acquainted with the implications of using unsecured email to communicate with patients under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  However the recent HIPAA omnibus rule modifications may require a provider to provide patient records via unencrypted email if the patient requests the records in that format.  HITECH Act, […]

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“I’m Sorry” Does Not Mean “I’m Liable” For Claims Arising Out of Health Care Errors in Pennsylvania

On October 3, 2013, Pennsylvania amended the Insurance Company Law of 1921 to include Sections 601-C through 605-C, encouraging and protecting apologies and other ‘benevolent gestures’ by health care providers toward patients who have been injured by substandard care. What does the law do? The law states that it is the public policy of the […]

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Are You An Accidental Business Associate?

It seems as though everyone knows that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that patient health information (PHI) be kept secret, but very few understand who must comply with HIPAA, or how to comply.  This can be chalked up to the complexity of the law and lawmakers’ failure to educate the public.  […]

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Philadelphia Employment Discrimination Lawyers Discuss Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act and by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has defined sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment […]

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