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New overtime rule could bring 'devastating realities,' operator says

New overtime rule could bring 'devastating realities,' operator says

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One assisted living operator predicts the loss of jobs for workers and fewer housing options for Medicaid beneficiaries if the federal government implements the salary threshold of the overtime rule finalized under the Obama administration. All comments to the Labor Department as it ponders a new rule are due Monday.

Study: On balance, minimum wage increase could be good for operators

Study: On balance, minimum wage increase could be good for operators

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The effects of a minimum wage increase on assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, and their workers, are multifaceted. On balance, however, such an increase would have a relatively small negative financial effect on operators but generally positive effects on their workers, according to results of a study released Tuesday by RTI International and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living.

Operator on hook for $165,400 in overtime violations for 594 workers

Operator on hook for $165,400 in overtime violations for 594 workers

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The manager of senior living communities in three Midwest states will pay 594 workers a total of $165,379 in back wages and damages as part of an agreement to resolve overtime violations at its 23 communities, the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division announced Tuesday.

Operator's minimum wage initiative leads to lower turnover, higher morale

Operator's minimum wage initiative leads to lower turnover, higher morale

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Almost two years into a five-year initiative to increase the minimum wage across its organization to $14.50, National Church Residences is seeing reduced turnover and improved morale among employees.

Senior living affiliation drivers: Recognizing unique market factors

Senior living affiliation drivers: Recognizing unique market factors

Senior living sponsorship transitions have many key drivers. Providers can ask themselves certain questions to help determine whether affiliations, acquisitions or dispositions may be wise strategic alternatives.

Obama-era overtime rule declared unlawful

Obama-era overtime rule declared unlawful

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A federal judge Thursday declared unlawful an Obama-era Labor Department rule that would have made 4.2 million more workers eligible for overtime pay by raising the salary threshold for eligibility from $23,660 to $47,476. Provider groups had opposed the rule.

White House nixes pay data submission

White House nixes pay data submission

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Employers no longer will be required to submit summary employee pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission beginning in March. The White House on Tuesday nixed the rule containing the requirement, saying it would burden employers and that it had other problems.

Mobile app allows employees to get early access to pay

Mobile app allows employees to get early access to pay

A new mobile app that gives senior housing and care employees early access to their earned pay could lead to less stressed workers and improved recruiting and retention for operators, cloud-based human capital management software company OnShift says.

Dominion counts on profit-sharing to woo, keep executive directors

Dominion counts on profit-sharing to woo, keep executive directors

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Dominion Senior Living is adapting Chick-fil-A's employment approach to senior living, banking on the belief that executive directors who "own" the experience at their communities will enjoy their work more and stay with the company. Those who succeed will enjoy another benefit: a share of the profits.

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

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The Missouri AFL-CIO plans to present about 300,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state's office on Friday. The move is part of an effort to delay implementation of the state's new "right to work" law.

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

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Increasing the quantity and quality of the workforce serving the aging population is the ultimate goal of 17 grants totaling more than $385,000 that recently were awarded to rural LeadingAge Minnesota members.

A great way to make good help harder to find

A great way to make good help harder to find

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For a guy who claims to be a friend to business, President Trump sometimes expresses that affection in odd ways.

Senior living operators share secrets to finding, keeping executive directors

Senior living operators share secrets to finding, keeping executive directors

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Leaders of Capital Senior Living and Five Star Senior Living used their second-quarter earnings calls this week in part to discuss their companies' approaches to recruiting and retaining executive directors.

Byrne bill would restore 'joint employer' definition

Byrne bill would restore 'joint employer' definition

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Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) has introduced legislation designed to restore the definition of a joint employer to one that has "actual, direct and immediate" control over employees.

The new cutoff for overtime eligibility? It's a fair question

The new cutoff for overtime eligibility? It's a fair question

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It's probably safe to make two predictions now that the Labor Department has asked for feedback as it prepares to rewrite the overtime rule.

Labor Department seeks input for overtime rule

Labor Department seeks input for overtime rule

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The Department of Labor is accepting input as it prepares to propose a new rule related to circumstances under which certain workers would be entitled to overtime pay.

Six questions to solidify employee engagement

Six questions to solidify employee engagement

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The single most important thing a supervisor can do to firm up employee engagement, according to one expert, is to ask direct reports six kinds of questions once a month.

Aug. 11 is deadline to comment on rescission of 'persuader' rule

Aug. 11 is deadline to comment on rescission of 'persuader' rule

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Aug. 11 is the deadline for interested parties to comment on a proposed rule that would rescind the Obama-era "persuader rule" that required employers to publicly report all union-related communication with attorneys.

Will we see CEO pay ratios in 2018?

Will we see CEO pay ratios in 2018?

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Don't count on the federal government repealing or delaying a rule requiring companies to disclose the discrepancy between CEO compensation and the median compensation of employees.

Overtime is a touchy subject in senior living

Overtime is a touchy subject in senior living

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Senior living owners and managers may welcome the news that a controversial overtime rule apparently has been shelved. It might be best to keep the celebrating to a minimum, however.

Trump administration will develop own overtime rule

Trump administration will develop own overtime rule

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The Department of Labor under President Trump plans to develop its own rule regarding overtime pay rather than continue a legal battle to enact a rule proposed under the Obama administration, government attorneys said in a brief filed Friday in federal appeals court.

Employees will benefit from bike-sharing program, Atria hopes

Employees will benefit from bike-sharing program, Atria hopes

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Atria Senior Living is one of 10 companies sponsoring a new bicycle-sharing program in its headquarters city of Louisville, KY, and the city's mayor says that the program will play an important role in attracting and retaining workers.

Assisted living director pay increases 3.27% in CCRCs

Assisted living director pay increases 3.27% in CCRCs

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Directors of assisted living/personal care who work in continuing care retirement communities saw an average pay increase of 3.27% in 2017, according to a new report.

Look who's offering advice on tough labor questions

Look who's offering advice on tough labor questions

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A new announcement from the Department of Labor comes as welcome news.

3 ways to improve employee engagement

3 ways to improve employee engagement

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Supervisors in senior living are more engaged at work than are their peers in corporate America, but the industry will need to do better if it wants to reduce turnover in the field, according to one expert.

Workforce issues to be focus of new LeadingAge center

Workforce issues to be focus of new LeadingAge center

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LeadingAge has launched a new effort to help members and state affiliates solve issues related to recruiting and retaining workers, the organization announced Wednesday.

Immigration reform would benefit senior living: research brief

Immigration reform would benefit senior living: research brief

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Informed discussion and smart immigration policies are needed as policymakers and leaders in senior living and long-term care increasingly see lawful and undocumented immigrants as a solution to workforce needs, according to a new research brief by PHI.

Up to 713,000 direct-care jobs could be lost under proposed Medicaid cuts: report

Up to 713,000 direct-care jobs could be lost under proposed Medicaid cuts: report

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Medicaid cuts proposed under the American Health Care Act could result in the loss of up to 713,000 direct-care jobs to provide long-term services and supports, according to a report released Thursday by LeadingAge and the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst.

You'll never find a better investment opportunity than this

You'll never find a better investment opportunity than this

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An event happening next week is worthy of your most valuable asset — your time.

McKnight's Senior Living's Online Expo is next week

McKnight's Senior Living's Online Expo is next week

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McKnight's Senior Living's inaugural online expo will be next Tuesday, June 20. The event will include three webinars and a virtual trade show. Those who attend the free event can earn up to three continuing education credits.

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Sept. 20

Saluting 70 years

Washington, D.C.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home was the setting for a recent celebration of the Air Force's 70th birthday by Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, members and veterans, including a 96-year-old resident.