The United States spends more on national defense than China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil – combined. For Fiscal Year 2020, the Department of Defense has a discretionary spending budget of $712.6 billion. The federal government spends a significant portion of that amount on goods and...[Read More]
Due to recent developments nationally and at the state level, Virginia workers now enjoy protection from retaliation when bringing forward allegations of sexual orientation discrimination. As we have written about previously, Virginia enacted a sweeping statute effective as of July 1, 2020 providing broad protections for Virginia workers from retaliation for protected whistleblowing activities. Specific...[Read More]
We have written before on the various attempts at fraud perpetrated by insurance salesmen. We have also handled numerous cases of egregious insurance fraud. Fraud in the insurance industry is not going away. Banner Life Insurance was recently hit with a $40.5 million settlement for fraudulently increasing the cost of insurance premiums. The case, filed...[Read More]
Virginia’s new whistleblower protection law, HB 798, becomes effective July 1, 2020. It provides a host of broad protections for employees who suffer retaliatory conduct by their employer. A key aspect of this law is the issue of timing. Understanding this issue is critical to the success or failure of whistleblower claims. Predictably, the business...[Read More]
Medicaid is a state and federally funded health care program that uses taxpayer dollars to cover the medical needs of low income individuals. When health care employees take advantage of this program by submitting false claims for financial profit, all taxpayers suffer. If you believe your employer is submitting false claims to Medicaid, you may...[Read More]
“Hi, Mr. /Mrs. ___________ my name is Fred Smith and I’m excited to talk to you today to educate you about Medicare!” Many Virginia residents have heard this refrain over the phone or in person at some point over the past few years. Insurance companies have instructed their salesmen to use such statements as part...[Read More]
In recent years, whistleblower litigation has increased significantly. A wide range of new legislation includes whistleblowing provisions such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill, False Claims Act for federal financial fraud, and Virginia’s new whistleblower law (HB 798) on employer retaliation. Contrary to the assertion of many in the business lobby, whistleblowers perform an...[Read More]
We write frequently on this website about how Virginia is “good for business.” While that may be true, Virginia is often bad for employees. For years, the at-will employment doctrine shielded Virginia employers from litigation brought by their employees. A new statute may upend the longstanding protections enjoyed by employers and provide appropriate recourse for whistleblowing employees.