On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its final proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), raising what’s known as the overtime salary threshold for those employees designated as exempt employees under the “executive, administrative, and professional” exemption. The rule, set to take effect on December 1, 2016, makes […]
A study was recently released in the British Medical Journal addressing the role of medical errors in deaths occurring in the United States. Ultimately, the recent study concluded that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. The study is available online and has been the subject of several news […]
The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently issued an unpublished decision involving litigation related to trust property in In re: The Frank John Rodriguez Sr. Trust, File No. 62-TR-CV-14-63 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 28, 2016) (Unpublished). The facts of the case involved a beneficiary seeking to prevent sale of trust property. The beneficiary claimed that the […]
In 2015, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) promulgated treatment parameters dealing with long-term opioid analgesic use in the workers’ compensation context. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put forward its treatment guidelines on long-term non-cancer prescription of opioid analgesics. In the guidelines, there are 12 basic recommendations for the prescription of these drugs for non-cancer pain. A review of the purposes for the new guidelines and the recommendations themselves show that Minnesota’s treatment parameters were timely and appropriate.
A Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge made waves over a year ago, when he issued a Decision finding that Wisconsin’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases was unconstitutional as applied to the plaintiff in the case. By way of background, Wisconsin lawmakers previously passed legislation implementing a statutory cap limiting recovery for noneconomic damages […]