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Pay and benefit information sought for assisted living report

Pay and benefit information sought for assisted living report

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Assisted living communities have until Dec. 4 to submit management salary, nonmanagement wage and fringe benefit information to the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service for its Assisted Living/Personal Care Salary & Benefits Report.

Vikus acquired by HealthcareSource

Chattanooga, TN-based Vikus Corp. has been acquired by HealthcareSource, a Woburn, MA-based provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, the companies announced Tuesday.

Address racial, gender inequality to increase pipeline of direct care workers: report

Address racial, gender inequality to increase pipeline of direct care workers: report

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Gender and racial disparities among direct care workers could be contributing to the difficulty of attracting new candidates for such jobs, according to a new report that PHI released Wednesday.

Measure helps employers unify leave and flex-time policies

Measure helps employers unify leave and flex-time policies

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More than 20 states have specific laws addressing employee leave requirements. That creates additional burdens for senior living organizations operating in multiple states. A new House bill targets the problem, according to its supporters.

Trump administration to appeal overtime rule decision

Trump administration to appeal overtime rule decision

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The Justice Department on Monday said it intends to appeal an Aug. 31 U.S. District Court summary judgment that a federal overtime rule finalized under President Obama was unlawful because it based overtime changes on a minimum salary level rather than job responsibilities.

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

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New contenders are challenging staffing as the issue most top-of-mind for senior living operators, according to participants in a panel discussion at the Oct. 15 NCAL Day that preceded the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

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Senior living operators can take steps to reduce risk related to social media use by employees, according to Kristi Eldredge, RN, JD, CPHRM, senior patient safety consultant at medical liability insurance company MMIC. She was a presenter on the topic Wednesday at AHCA/NCAL's 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas.

What about your non-hiring policies?

What about your non-hiring policies?

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When it comes to bringing on people with a criminal past, senior living organizations can find themselves in a real bind.

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

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The Labor Department should base increases in the minimum salary threshold used to determine overtime pay on the 20th percentile for salaried employees in the lowest paid geographic region of the country, according to Argentum President and CEO James Balda.

Gingrich: Look to alternatives to immigration for workforce solutions

Gingrich: Look to alternatives to immigration for workforce solutions

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Immigration isn't the answer to senior living's workforce challenges, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told those attending Wednesday's opening general session of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care in Chicago. He offered several alternatives.

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 greatly increases the salary threshold for overtime pay. The Labor Department is asking for comments by Monday before crafting a new rule related to circumstances under which certain workers would be entitled to overtime pay.

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.

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Nov. 22

Mailed merriment

Eden Prairie, MN

Some recipients of holiday cards from New Perspective Senior Living this year are in for a special treat.