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Whistleblowing and Healthcare Fraud in CA

Healthcare fraud is a widespread problem that drives up the cost of care for anyone who needs to use our already expensive American healthcare system. Unfortunately, fraudulent claims are estimated to comprise as much as 10% of all U.S. healthcare expenses annually. That means almost $230 billion may be...

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Do Nurses Have Whistleblower Protection?

Nurses are the backbone of the American healthcare system. They work on the front lines of patient care daily. Unfortunately, this also puts nurses on the front lines of demotion, harassment, or other consequences for reporting wrongdoing, blowing the whistle on unsafe conditions, and standing up for patients. As...

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No-Poach Whistleblower

In general, it is illegal for employers to agree not to compete for employees. This means that employers cannot agree not to solicit another employer’s employees. These agreements are called “no-poach” or “no-hire” agreements and they are illegal. In addition, employers cannot agree not pay their employees the same...

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How Do You Win a Whistleblower Retaliation Claim? California Courts Weigh In

State and federal law protect employees who “blow the whistle” on their employers. These protections are intended to encourage people who have information about their employers’ unsafe or fraudulent practices to come forward. But how do you prove whistleblower retaliation? The whistleblower laws protect employees who report illegal employment...

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A Primer on the Federal False Claims Act

The federal False Claims Act (FCA) is one of the most powerful tools in the federal government’s fraud-fighting arsenal. The FCA was passed during the Civil War to “root out fraud against the government.” Since 1863, Congress has updated the law several times to give it more teeth and...

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The IRS Will Pay You to Report Tax Fraud

According to a new bombshell report by the New York Times, a whistleblower has come forward testifying that Credit Suisse, who previously settled claims with the U.S. Government that it helped rich Americans hide money from the IRS and evade taxes, continued to brazenly help these individuals continue to...

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PPP Whistleblowers Are Key to Stopping Fraud

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is a crucial Covid-19 relief effort. Because the program is vulnerable to fraud whistleblowers are key to ensuring that taxpayers are not defrauded. The PPP gives monetary assistance to...

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Can I Secretly Record My Boss at Work?

Is It Illegal to Record Conversations with My Boss or Coworkers? A common question that we get from clients is whether they can secretly record conversations or calls with co-workers, their boss, or HR. California is a “two-party consent” state, which means that it can be illegal to secretly record...

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SEC Announces $1.7 Million In Whistleblower Awards

On February 25, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced two whistleblower awards totaling more than $1.7 million.  Two Awards For More Than $1.7 Million The first of the two new awards for more than $900,000 was issued to a whistleblower who provided significant evidence connected to an ongoing investigation...

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First PPP Fraud Whistleblower Case Settles with the DOJ

Last week, the US Department of Justice announced its first civil settlement of False Claims Act allegations against a PPP borrower. We are likely to see more PPP fraud cases under the new administration, particularly because new funds are being made available to distressed businesses as part of the...