An increase in government investigations and enforcement actions under the False Claims Act (FCA) and other federal laws can subject healthcare organizations, financial services firms, government contractors and others to enormous financial strain and reputational risk.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to use higher fines and a new round of audits to send a strong message to the healthcare industry about complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
On July 9, a U.S. congressional subcommittee issued a report that assessed how colleges and universities are doing in reporting, investigating and responding to sexual violence. Senator Claire McCaskill commissioned the report, which is based on a national survey of more than 300 four-year schools —including for-profit and non-profit institutions, community colleges and many of the country's largest public and private universities.
A federal contractor agreed to settle charges by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that it discriminated in its hiring practices by creating multiple barriers in its paper and online application systems to prevent African Americans from advancing in the selection process. Such systemic race discrimination resulted in the rejection of 5,557 qualified African Americans applicants in violation of Executive Order 11246.
The UK Serious Frauds Office (SFO) recently won its first overseas corruption victory convicting two individuals of a conspiracy to commit corruption. The case originally began six years ago with a referral by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) following an investigation by DOJ and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This jury verdict now concludes the UK’s lengthy corruption investigations, which also led to guilty pleas by two other individuals and their corporate employer.
Hundreds of decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) must be re-decided after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that President Obama did not have the authority to appoint three members of the board in 2012 during a brief Senate break.
Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because he or she made a discrimination complaint, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment-discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
Although passed in 1977, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was not significantly enforced until 2005. Since then, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have made up for the slow start in what has come to be called the "new era of FCPA enforcement."
Only three months after uncovering the Heartbleed bug, two new data security threats were discovered in the same OpenSSL software package used to encrypt the majority of web communications. Although not as dangerous as Heartbleed, security experts warn these new bugs still present windows of opportunity for hackers and should be taken seriously.
Allegations that payoffs were made to secure Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup games and reports of fixed soccer matches ahead of the 2010 World Cup illustrate the pervasiveness of global corruption and its potential consequences.