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Labor Department excludes senior living from COVID-19 relief bill’s paid leave requirement

The Department of Labor released updated questions and answers regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Saturday, and provided guidance categorizing senior living providers as “health care providers” under the act. The move means operators will be excluded from requirements that certain companies with fewer than 500 workers provide up to 12 days of paid leave for employees who need to care for children due to school closures.

Senior housing and care facilities could help employ today’s out-of-work restaurant, hotel and retail workers

As COVID-19 spreads, keeping a full staff will be one of the most pressing issues skilled nursing and senior living facilities will face, experts say. That’s because caregivers who come in contact with infected patients are ordered to self-quarantine and are taken off the job, restricting the labor pool even as demand for care grows.

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Coronavirus bill provisions would ‘decimate’ senior living workforce, organizations say

Provisions in a multi-billion dollar bill to provide coronavirus-related relief to workers would “significantly curtail our caregiver workforce” and must be addressed, Argentum President and CEO James Balda and American Seniors Housing Association President David Schless said Monday in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Healthcare quarantines spur staffing concerns

As nursing homes, assisted-living centers and other senior living communities across the country work overtime prepping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among its residents and staff, operators are also worrying about how the virus might tax a workforce that’s already understaffed.

Potential coronavirus leads to quarantine, no-visitor policies at Nebraska senior living communities

Two Nebraska senior living communities are under quarantine, and two others are not allowing visitors “out of an abundance of caution” after the communities’ operator learned that an employee of one of the communities attended a Feb. 29 event at a local YMCA where another attendee became the first confirmed case of coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) in the Cornhusker State.

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