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Author(s) - Kim Stanger
Holland & Hart News Update
Federal laws generally prohibit providers from billing for services ordered by, or contracting with, persons or entities that have been excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal health care programs. Violations may result in significant penalties, including repayment of amounts improperly received. To avoid penalties, providers should check the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (“LEIE”) before hiring, contracting with, or granting privileges to employees, contractors, or practitioners, and should periodically re-check the LEIE thereafter.
Holland & Hart News Update
On July 29, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department, acting under the authority granted by President Obama's Executive Order 13662, materially escalated sanctions against Russia, imposing a broad-based package of restrictions on Russian entities in the financial services sector. Additionally, the President authorized the blockage of exports of specific goods and technologies that would benefit Russia's energy sector, and increased sanctions on Russian defense companies. The U.S. also suspended the use of credit that encourages exports to Russia, as well as financing for development projects in the country. These new penalties against Russia follow tougher sanctions agreed to by European Union leaders earlier on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
Author(s) - Roger Tsai
Holland & Hart News Update
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received about 172,500 H-1B petitions this April for the annual allotment of 85,000 H-1B visas (65,000 in the general H-1B category and 20,000 for those with advanced degrees) to be issued this fiscal year. Businesses use the H-1B Visa program to employ foreign citizens to work in the U.S. in highly specialized fields, such as engineering, science and computer programming. When the number of petitions exceed the cap, as they do many years including this year, USCIS uses a random, computer-generated lottery to select the petitions that will be processed. Those petitions not randomly chosen are returned to the submitting employer along with the filing fees.
Author(s) - J. Walter Sinclair
DRI Class Action Compendium, 2014
Author(s) - Pamela Howland
Holland & Hart News Update
On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a new Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and its relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In the Guidance, the EEOC not only extends pregnancy discrimination protections to past and intended pregnancies but it also provides that pregnancy-related impairments may qualify as a disability under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), even though they are only temporary. Here are the highlights of the EEOC's Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance.