Labor

House reform bill could cost more than 700,000 healthcare jobs: report

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About 725,000 healthcare jobs could be lost over the next decade as a result of the pending House GOP healthcare bill, according to analysts.

Judge puts pending overtime rule on hold

Judge puts pending overtime rule on hold

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against a pending overtime rule that would have increased overtime pay eligibility for most long-term care employees.

A rare opportunity to address the sector's labor woes

A rare opportunity to address the sector's labor woes

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It's safe to say that the long-term care field could use lots of workers happy to take entry-level jobs. If only there were a sudden supply of willing people who would salivate at the prospect. As it turns out, such a group of individuals actually exists.

Labor Day, and remembering

Labor Day, and remembering

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So we just had Labor Day, a time when most of the country gets a three-day weekend and forgets that many of those in service jobs don't have that luxury.

'Many' SNF workers rely on public aid: Report

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If rising discontent with wages hasn't raised eyebrows in your nursing home, there's a decent chance it could in the upcoming campaign season.

Screening workers for criminal convictions

Screening workers for criminal convictions

Advocates have proposed removing the requirement that applicants disclose their criminal conviction records on initial applications for employment ("banning the box") in the hope that otherwise-qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment.

NLRB guidance speeding up union procedures takes effect Tuesday

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Procedures for petitioning for union representation are changing April 14, when a final rule proposed the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) go into effect.

DOL compels providers to pay $6.8 million for lost wages, underpayments

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More than 1,300 low-wage workers in northern California will get about $6.8 million in back pay from nursing homes and other long-term care facilities as a result of an ongoing U.S. Department of Labor probe.

Providers likely to gain from immigration policy changes

Providers likely to gain from immigration policy changes

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President Obama will be unveiling a multi-pronged plan to overhaul the nation's immigration policy, possibly later today. Its most controversial component — a reprieve for the millions who face deportation — could also deliver a huge payoff to senior living operators.

A better way to manage your most important assets?

A better way to manage your most important assets?

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What is it that truly sets your community apart?

Training managers to build relationships with employees

Training managers to build relationships with employees

Providers like CenterLight are experiencing greater numbers of frail elderly patients as the general population ages, and a mandate from New York State's Medicaid program that requires patients who need long-term care to enroll in a managed plan.

Unions scowl, employers beam. Just what do employees need to know?

Unions scowl, employers beam. Just what do employees need to know?

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First of all, to all the pro-union and pro-management types: Thanks for reading. Too bad only one of you can be happy after Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling that tossed a National Labor Relations Board decree. But it ought to be that way.

How can SNF's and SLC's combat their "fiscal cliff"?

How can SNF's and SLC's combat their "fiscal cliff"?

This month, "fiscal cliff" has become as much a part of the American lexicon as Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas. For most Americans, the fiscal cliff - a mandatory 3% contraction of the federal government, is thought of as unimaginable. For Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) that have witnessed an 11% reduction in reimbursements in 2012, they have already endured a fiscal cliff and it is clear the future will not get any easier.

Supervisor decision might torment many nursing home operators

Supervisor decision might torment many nursing home operators

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The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments on the unpleasant subject of workplace harassment. At issue is whether an employer is responsible when the bully is not strictly a boss. The court's ruling will be closely watched by nursing homes, where the line between bosses and subordinates often can be blurry. A decision that creates new liabilities could unleash a menagerie of workplace flowchart headaches.

Proactive staffing strategies to battle Medicare and Medicaid challenges the focus of McKnight's free webcast

Proactive staffing strategies to battle Medicare and Medicaid challenges the focus of McKnight's free webcast

Providers will get frontline advice on how to drive efficiencies, control labor costs and build revenue in the face of looming Medicare and Medicaid funding struggles at a free McKnight's webcast Nov. 10. Registration is ongoing for the event, which starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (10 a.m. Pacific). Jeff Amann, vice president of operations for American Baptist Homes of the Midwest, will be the featured presenter.

Provider group slams labor board rulings

An assisted living group says that two recent National Labor Relations Board rulings will lead to higher costs for seniors and fragmented services.

About those rats at your facility ...

About those rats at your facility ...

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I think we might have caught some of you sleeping not long ago. That's the only way I can explain what happened - or should I say what did NOT happen.

Three labor management practices to improve care, compliance and cost

Three labor management practices to improve care, compliance and cost

Controlling labor costs in long-term care increasingly is important in this environment of tight reimbursements and challenging economic conditions.

Former SEIU President Andy Stern denies reports that he is under federal investigation

Former SEIU President Andy Stern denies reports that he is under federal investigation

Former labor leader Andy Stern Tuesday has rejected as false news reports that the FBI and Labor Department are investigating him in connection with corruption at his former employer, the Service Employees International Union.

Union members in Massachusetts may have ruined card-check bill's chance at passage, report says

The Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize, is essentially dead for now, and labor groups may have played a big part in killing it, a recent news article suggests.

Long-term care, labor reportedly agree to compromise on healthcare reform

The White House, in the final rounds of healthcare reform negotiations, reportedly has gained a few more concessions from a number of stakeholders, including long-term care and unions.

Reid: Congress to hold off action on Employee Free Choice Act bill

Reid: Congress to hold off action on Employee Free Choice Act bill

The Employee Free Choice Act is, at least for the time being, off the table, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) told the crowd at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday.

California healthcare union struggle continues, SEIU accused of using anti-union tactics

The battle appears to be raging on over representation of California's healthcare workers. Recent reports indicate that as part of its strategy to win, the Service Employees International Union may be resorting to anti-organization tactics it once railed against.