HHS, DOJ Turn Up the HEAT* on Health Care Fraud, Recover $2.6 Billion

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General Jeff Sessions today released a fiscal year (FY) 2017 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program report showing that for every dollar the federal government spent on healthcare related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $4. Additionally, the report […]

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DOJ Launches Initiative on Sexual Harassment in the Public Sector

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a second initiative to combat sexual harassment — the Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Initiative (SHWI)                 focuses on workplace sexual harassment in the public sector. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division enforces Title VII of the […]

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DOL Increases Across-the-Board Penalties by 2 Percent

The Department of Labor (DOL) has increased its employment law penalties by 2 percent, in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. That law allows agencies to adjust penalties according to inflation by Jan. 15 of each year. Maximum penalty increases for violating minimum-wage and overtime rules are rising from $1,925 […]

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DOJ Withdraws 25 Guidance Documents for 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 13777 and his November memorandum prohibiting certain guidance documents, he is rescinding 25 such Department of Justice (DOJ) documents that were deemed unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper. In making the announcement, the Attorney General said: Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of […]

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DOJ Sues Firm for Hiring Foreign Workers

Citing the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has sued Crop Production Services Inc. of Colorado for not hiring American workers but instead taking on foreign H2-A visa workers. It is the first prosecution since President Trump’s American First executive order of April 18. According to the DOJ, the INA makes […]

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ADA-Compliant Websites Regulation Put on Inactive List

An issue that has been on the radar since at least 2010 has now been placed on the back burner: In its most recent regulatory agenda, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has put on its inactive list a proposed regulation that would make websites serving the public be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant. Under the […]

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Trump Administration Rescinds Obama-era Transgender Bathroom Use Rules

Already subject to an injunction and ongoing litigation, the joint rule by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) mandating free bathroom choice at public schools was rescinded today by the administration of President Donald Trump. The rule would have allowed students to choose their bathroom based on self-proclaimed gender identity. […]

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DOJ Withdraws Appeal of Transgender Bathroom Rule Injunction

On Friday, Feb. 10, the Department of Justice (DOJ) under new Attorney-General Jeff Sessions withdrew its challenge of an injunction that blocked that department’s Obama-era regulation seeking free access to bathroom-of-choice use at public schools. At issue is what’s known as gender identity. If a boy or girl identifies as the opposite sex despite physical […]

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DOJ Asks for Delay in Overtime Rule Appeal to Reconsider Whether to Proceed

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Jan. 25 asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for a 30-day delay in submitting its brief in the ongoing appeal of a federal judge’s injunction that stopped a new overtime rule from taking effect on Dec. 1, 2016. The delay is meant to give the Trump administration […]

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DOJ Asks Appeals Court to Lift Injunction Against Administration’s Transgender School Bathroom Ruling

On Friday, Jan. 6, lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed papers with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a federal judge’s injunction against the Obama administration’s 2016 school bathroom ruling, which gave transgender students free choice to use the facility they preferred. The injunction was issued by U.S. District Judge Reed […]

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