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What Should You Know Before Becoming a Whistleblower?

Here are some things you should know before stepping forward as a whistleblower. 1. Whistleblowing can be a challenging and lengthy process Whistleblower cases often take years, and the consequences of blowing the whistle can upend your life and that of your family. Your integrity can be attacked, your reputation can be smeared, your livelihood …

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What Can You Do to Strengthen Your False Claims Act Case?

If you suspect that your employer or some other entity is committing fraud against the government, here are some things you can do to increase your chances of bringing a successful False Claims Act case. 1. Act quickly Quick action serves the important purpose of stopping the fraud and the harm it is causing. In …

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What are the Goals and Rewards of Whistleblower Programs?

The news in recent years has had many stories about “whistleblowers”—what they reported, what caused them to blow the whistle, and what happened as a result. Perhaps you have seen some sort of misconduct on the part of an employer, a corporation, a competitor, or a health provider. And you wonder “Am I a whistleblower?” …

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If I Can Work From Home, Can My Employer Force Me to Return to Work Under the Governor’s Executive Order?

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, yet Minnesota businesses are slowing reopening around the state, and employees are being asked to return to their offices. This has created growing tensions, as employers want to ensure their businesses remain viable, while employees still fear the disease. Many employees are left in an uncomfortable predicament—caught between …

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Do I have to pool my tips?

In Minnesota, the answer is, “No, not if you don’t want to.” Your tips are your tips. For decades, it has been the law in Minnesota that an employer cannot require an employee to pool (i.e., share) their tips with other employees or the employer (including management).[1] In fact, an employer cannot play any role …

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A Not-So-Dynamic Vision—The Documents Illuminate the Falsity

It is unusual for any plaintiff or relator to achieve a summary judgment ruling in its favor in any type of case. But in U.S. v. Dynamic Visions Inc., DBA Dynamic Visions Home Health Services, et al., — F.3d —, 2020 WL 4914069 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 21, 2020), the D.C. Circuit affirmed such a ruling …

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62 Q & You.

What is 62 Q and what does it have to do with me? 62 Q is a law in Minnesota that is titled “Prompt Payment.” Though the title “Prompt Submission” would be more accurate. Minnesota Statute § 62Q.75 outlines the time any health care provider has to submit a bill to an insurer for payment. Medical …

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Beware of Aggressive Insurance Companies . . .

There’s the old joke that you don’t  need to be faster than the bear that is chasing you, you just have to out run the people you are with.  The same could be said of insurance companies. They don’t need to be the least expensive, they just have to be less expensive than a few …

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Workplace Covid-19 Deaths and Serious Injuries May Result in Personal Injury Lawsuits for Damages

Generally, when a person suffers from a work-related injury, they file a workers’ compensation claim with their employer.  This has traditionally been the only means to obtain compensation for any lost time from work, medical or funeral expenses, or any permanent injury.  However, things have changed a bit since the Covid-19 pandemic has infiltrated workplaces …

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Reflections on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

With Covid-19, we are in a new time and a new space for celebrating the role of whistleblowers in our communities, our nation and our world. We have often heard that whistleblowers are critical for preventing the waste, fraud and abuse that limit the effectiveness of government agencies and take money out of taxpayer’s pockets …

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