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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: California Supreme Court Clarifies “Hours Worked” in Wage Order 16. Significant Panel Decision Clarifies Rules on “Timely” Petition for Recon. Worker Entitled to Attorney Fees Irrespective of Amount Recovered. Fresno Restaurant Resolves Wage-Hour Case for $2 Million. U.S. DOJ Sues California Dept. of Corrections for Employment Discrimination. Well Known Los Angeles Attorney Charged in $2.4 Million Tax Case. Five San Diego Residents Face Disability Insurance Fraud Charges. Camarillo Insurance Agent Found Guilty of $1.2 Million Grand Theft.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Mariner Health Stipulates to Injunction & Pays $15.5M for Poor Care Claims. DOJ Sues Six Health Plans for Overpayments. Hi-Level S.F. City Manager Arrested for Stealing $627K in Work Comp Funds. Worker Convicted of Comp Fraud Ordered to Pay $140K In Restitution. East Bay Doctor Sentenced and License Revoked for Illegal Drug Prescriptions. California’s Chief Justice 2024 State of the Judiciary Address. Newsom Derails Indoor Heat Standard Rules Over Cost Concerns. After 3 Years 65.5% of Hospitals Non-Compliant with Price Transparency Rule. Key California Health Care Players are Divided Over PBM Regulation. Setting Reserves? US Life Expectancy Rises After 2-Year Dip.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Both Superior Court and WCAB Have Jurisdiction Over Employer’s Lien. Appellate Court Reverses Nonsuit Against Zenith’s Subrogation Case. Duo Sentenced to Prison in $21M DME Fraud. Fresno Sleep Clinic Owner Sentenced to 19 Months for $1M Fraud. Porterville Man Pleads Guilty of Selling Misbranded Drugs. Battle Brewing Over Ballot Measure Repealing PAGA. New EPA Rule Limits Toxic Medical Sterilization Chemicals. EEOC Recovers Record $665 Million for Workers – a 30% Increase.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Anti-SLAPP Statute Partially Protects School District from FEHA Claim. Fraudulent Catheter Claims to Medicare Could Total $3 Billion. Couple Sentenced for $125M Compounded Pharmaceutical Fraud. Doctor Sentenced to 3 Years for Illegally Issuing Telehealth Prescriptions. DOI Announces Key Insurance-Related Board & Committee Appointments. New Workers’ Comp and UI Time of Hire Pamphlets for 2024. CWCI Releases Study on CT Litigated Claims. ASSP Publishes First Standard on Heat Stress in Construction.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Exclusive Remedy Ends Injured Worker’s Lawsuit Against QME. Gig Hospitality Company to Reclassify Workers in $2.1M Agreement. Late Payment Ends Employee Arbitration – Justice Wiley Dissents. Two Former U.S. Marines and Nurse Practitioner Sentenced in $65M Fraud. Surveys Show California Business Climate Remains at All Time Low. The EEOC Announces Filing Deadline for 2023 EEO-1 Component 1 Data. DWC Launches Free Online Education Modules. Medical Board COVID Misinformation “Gag Law” Battles End in California. WCRI Publishes “Medical Cost Containment: A National Inventory, 2024”. Change Healthcare Cyberattack Disruption Continues for Sixth Day.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: Supreme Court to Resolve Conflicting Decisions on ER Fees Class Actions. Court has Jurisdiction Over Employer’s Assets in Premium Fraud Case. Injured Worker’s $8.2M Verdict Against Alleged Employer Reversed. Fake Doctor Attempts to Open New Practice 2 Weeks After Prison Release. 7 Restaurant Industry Convictions for Insurance Fraud and Wage Theft. Bipartisan Coalition of 39 States in Support of Pending PBM Legislation. California Invests $18 Million in Grants to Prosecute Wage Theft. UCSF Launches Comprehensive Study of Long COVID.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: One Call Accused of Using Interpreters With Fake Names & Badges. Whistleblower Cases Accuse Kaiser of Massive Billing Fraud. Quest Diagnostics Pays $5M for Illegal Hazardous Waste Disposal. Solana Beach Pharmaceutical Company Resolves Kickback Case for $750K. North Hills Family Arraigned in $192K Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme. Insurance Commissioner Publishes “First Wave” of Insurance Market Reforms. FTC and HHS Probe the Role of Pharmaceutical Middlemen. Cal/OSHA Toughens Rules On Workplace Lead Exposure. FDA Grants Priority Review of Psychedelic Drug for PTSD. APCIA Announces Award Winners Among 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders.

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D. is the host for this edition which reports on the following news stories: WCAB Declines to Extend Premises Line Rule for Injured Worker. Lien Claimant’s Market Rate Analysis Inadequate to Justify Additional Fees. Jury Awards $1.675 Million in an EEOC ADA Discrimination Case. $1 Million Settlement for Warehouse Workers in Inland Empire. Employer Costs and Attorney Fees Awarded Only in Frivolous FEHA Cases. No Extraterritorial Application of California & Federal Whistleblower Law. $40 Million Statewide Medical Insurance Scammers Sentenced. Census Bureau Drops Controversial Disability Statistics Proposal. Report Shows Record Healthcare Sector Bankruptcies in 2023. UCSF Health To Buy Two Bay Area Struggling Hospitals.

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