News Digest 5-18-2020

Quote of the day

“America will be forever indebted to the first responders and essential workers who put their lives on the line throughout this pandemic,”

U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)




Feds charge pharmacy owners, marketers with $14M kickback scheme

The Justice Department has announced that six pharmacy owners and marketers have been charged in an updated federal indictment for their part in a scheme in which $14 million in illegal kickbacks and bribes were paid after doctors prescribed compounded drugs covered by federal insurance. The indictment was first filed in the Northern District of Texas in December 2018. The scheme involved the referral of federal workers’ compensation and TRICARE beneficiaries, who allegedly received expensive compound drugs. Dallas Morning News


Bipartisan compensation legislation possible for essential employees

As a bipartisan bill that resembles the popular September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act may attain broad support from members of Congress in both parties. The legislation would create a compensation fund for employees deemed essential and their families during the coronavirus pandemic who have continued to leave their homes for work during stay-at-home orders applicable to other employees. Forbes


Michigan appeals court rules on going-and-coming rule

In an unpublished opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals determined that where a cable installer was injured while driving an employer-provided van to a warehouse to prepare for installation work, the injury occurred while he was acting within the course and scope of his employment for workers’ compensation purposes. Michigan Lawyers Weekly [may require registration]


How to keep employees safe and stay in compliance with PPE

Wearing personal protective equipment on the jobsite is vital to keeping construction workers safe. So how can construction and safety managers not only ensure employees wear the required PPE, but that they have the most up-to-date gear to maintain compliance? Safety manager John Meola, CSP, ARM, provides tips. For Construction Pros