Service Employees International Union
A statement of principles for immigration reform issued by Republicans in the House of Representatives is a good sign of potential legislative progress on this issue, long-term care provider and labor groups said Friday.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has merged two petitions calling for a total ban on adult bed rails and will accept comments on the matter through Aug. 5, according to an entry in Tuesday's Federal Register. The requests cite CPSC data showing 155 bed rail-related fatalities between 2003 and 2012, which occurred in private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospices.
Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would require employers to make reasonable job modifications for pregnant women. The lawmakers were motivated in part by the case of Victoria Serednyj, a nursing home activity director who lost her job while pregnant.
Early reports that California nurse leader Mary Kay Henry will take the reins of the powerful Service Employees International Union may have been premature. Outgoing president Andy Stern told reporters Monday that no successor has been chosen yet.
As the home- and community-based services segment continues to grow, some HCBS workers are trying to change current laws that prevent them from receiving overtime pay and minimum-wage protections, according to recent reports.
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.