Category Archives: Professional Licensing Cases

CA Supreme Court ruled that unlicensed school employees can give insulin injections

Commentary by Sam Spital, California State Board License and Criminal Defense Attorney It strains credulity to believe the Supreme Court declared that California law permits unlicensed employees to give insulin injections, albeit pursuant to a doctor’s order. It is a slippery slope and this opens the door to even more situations in which the training and … Read More

Proposal would give benefits to same-sex military spouses

A new proposal could give housing, health care, and other benefits to same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August. The department would also give up to 10 days of leave to personnel so they could travel to a state where they could legally marry. It is fortunate that the military is now … Read More

California officials review rehab centers after reports of fraud

Officials in California are conducting a statewide review of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers after reports of fraud surfaced. CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting released joints reports stating that some rehab clinics have billed the state for patients who don’t show up, or for patients with no substance abuse problems. It is distressing when … Read More

Four child welfare workers will be fired after death of boy

Los Angeles county officials say that four child welfare workers were negligent and guilty of many missteps in a case involving an 8-year-old boy named Gabriel Fernandez. As a result of their lapses, the boy died. The four workers have received letters informing them that they will be fired. Fernandez died in May. He was … Read More

Nevada state psychiatric hospital to lose accreditation

A Nevada state psychiatric hospital is being stripped of its accreditation, but is choosing not to appeal. It seems a conundrum here: The hospital loses its accreditation and that means they will not be paid by the government, patients will have to be released, transferred to another facility if available and/or others will not be admitted until they … Read More

Physician charged with unprofessional conduct

A Tennessee physician was arrested for DUI and charged with unprofessional conduct. Ernest Kleier was unhappy with the state Medical Board Decision that took action against his license for a DUI. He argued the charge of unprofessional conduct was constitutionally vague because it did not spell out what “unprofessional, dishonorable, or unethical conduct” meant. On … Read More

Chargers doctor steps down

David Chao, the team doctor for the Chargers, stated this Thursday that he’ll be stepping down. He’s been with the team for 17 seasons. Chao said he wants time to spend with his wife and children, and also has a back injury that will require him to get surgery this month. He said his time … Read More

Teachers challenge the New York City Board of Education

Minority teacher plaintiffs have challenged the New York City Board of Education, saying that they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by requiring teachers to take a licensing exam. The teachers argued that the test impacted minority test-takers. Caucasian test-takers passed at a higher rate, and in addition, that the test did not … Read More

The California Supreme Court deals with insulin-administration case

The California Supreme Court will be hearing a case that will determine whether school employees can administer insulin to diabetic students, rather than only licensed nurses. This case will set a precedent for protecting the rights of schoolchildren with diabetes or other medical conditions. The problem here is that insulin is a tricky thing. The … Read More

Sex offenders, criminals allowed to be counselors

The lax credentialing system in California has allowed convicted sex offenders and people with substance abuse problems to work with clients. California is one of only two states that does not require background check on people who are registering to become substance-abuse counselors. No criminal background check is run, and in fact applicants are never asked … Read More