The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that San Francisco-based First Republic Bank has agreed to pay more than US$1 million in over time back wages to 392 employees. A DoL investigation revealed that the bank had misclassified its employees as exempt from overtime, in breach of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Baylor University Medical Centre, Baylor Health Care System and HealthTexas Provider Network (collectively Baylor) have agreed to pay US$907,355 to resolve charges that Baylor submitted false claims to Medicare, the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services and the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program for a number of radiation oncology services in the period 2006 to 2010. It was alleged, amongst other things, that Baylor "double billed Medicare" for several radiation oncology services despite a less expensive service being available.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Big Lots Stores has agreed to pay US$155,000 to settle EEOC charges relating to sexual harassment. According to the EEOC, the male store manager of the company's Fort Smith store "subjected a class of female employees to sexual harassment". It was further alleged that the company failed to take remedial measures after being made aware of the sexual harassment.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that aerospace and defence manufacturer Alliant Techsystems (Alliant) has agreed to pay US$100,000 to settle race discrimination charges brought against it by the EEOC. According to the EEOC, Tyeastia Green applied for a position at the company's Minnesota location and was told she got the job; however, the company subsequently hired a white male applicant instead.
The United States (US) Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have announced the assessment of civil monetary penalties of US$15 million against First Bank of Delaware (First Bank) for breaching the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations. In addition to the fine, the Delaware Office of State Bank Commissioner has terminated First Bank's charter and the FDIC has terminated its deposit insurance. The bank is also required to maintain an account with US$500,000 to pay consumer claims for losses arising from the alleged misconduct.
A United States (US) District Court Judge has upheld the US$22.5 million fine imposed on Google by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), following an appeal by Consumer Watchdog. In 2011, Google defied an undertaking it made to the FTC that it would not mislead users as to its privacy policies by misinforming Safari users that the platform's default privacy settings would protect them from tracking; however, Google then altered its tracking code to circumvent the "Do Not Track" settings.
Reuters reports that the United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) is commencing an investigation into Swiss private bank Pictet's wealth management unit. The investigation will reportedly scrutinise "the tradition of strict banking secrecy that has helped Switzerland build up a [US]$2 trillion offshore wealth management industry".
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that it has recovered US$787,548 in back wages for 124 employees at a Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, after a DoL investigation uncovered violations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) by five contractors.
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that Los Poblanitos (trading as Panaderia Chuy Bakery) paid US$244,770 in back wages to 101 employees following a DoL investigation, which revealed breaches of the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions.
The United State (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that Dos Taquitos Mexican Restaurant has agreed to pay US$48,125 to 26 employees following a DoL investigation, which revealed that the restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime, child labour and record-keeping provisions.
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