Knudsen Law Blog Posts

Five Star Quality Changes Starting in 2015

January 2015 ushers in changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five Star Quality Rating System with the focus being on staffing practices in long-term and post-acute care facilities. These changes have been brought about by recent reports stating that the 55% of nursing homes with […]

New Minimum Wage Law

Nebraska employers looking at the first pay-period of the year must remember that the minimum wage went up on January 1, 2015 to $8 per hour.   It will go up again on January 1, 2016 to $9 per hour.  The minimum wage was not increased however for employees primarily […]

Knudsen Law Firm receives favorable Nebraska Supreme Court ruling for its client

Attorneys of Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP successfully defended Bellevue Public Schools in a whistle-blower wrongful termination claim brought by a former employee. Further details about the case can be found in the Omaha World-Herald article and the decision.


Post Shift Security Screenings Not Compensable

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the time spent waiting to undergo end of shift security screenings are not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA an activity is compensable if the activity is integral and indispensable to the principal activities that the employee is hired […]

President Obama’s Immigration Plan

The sweeping immigration plan (“plan”) to overhaul the nation’s immigration system will significantly alter the lives of 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country and protect 5 million of those undocumented immigrants from deportation.
 “Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our […]

Supreme Court to rule on whether providers can force a state to raise its Medicaid rates

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on whether private sector healthcare providers can sue states to increase Medicaid reimbursements.
In 2009, Idaho rehabilitation providers sued the state of Idaho because they believe the state unlawfully kept Medicaid reimbursements at 2006 levels despite cost of care increases. A federal […]


What are the employment law consequences for a health care facility if a nurse needs to be quarantined because of virus exposure?

1) Is there a workers’ compensation claim?
Possibly.  If the nurse is quarantined because she is showing signs of an infectious disease, then likely the nurse meets the requirements for […]

Overzealous Nursing Home Settles Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination Claim

In a case alleging that Isabella Geriatric Center (“IGC”) was too aggressive in asking immigrant workers to provide documentation, the nursing home has agreed to pay $14,500 in civil penalties to the United States; undergo training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA; establish a back pay fund to […]

Many Uninsured Live in States Without Expanded Medicaid

A recent survey showed Americans without health insurance coverage are most concentrated in states that have not expanded Medicaid.  As of June, 60.4% of those without coverage lived in the 25 states that have not expanded Medicaid, up from 49.7% in September of 2013.

The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center’s […]

New Executive order prohibits LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

Last week,  President Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Federal contractors or federally-assisted contractors and subcontractors who do over $10,000 in government business in one year are subject to this executive order.

With the new language federal contractors […]