Staffing

The cost of payroll-based journal reporting adding up fast

Skilled nursing facilities are quickly finding the Payroll-Based Journal Reporting, mandated timekeeping regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are more time-consuming than anticipated.

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Update: Mass. governor slashes proposed nursing home wage increase

Earlier this year, the Legislature approved a $35.5 million increase for nursing home direct care staff wages. Gov. Charlie Baker halved the increase days before the budget was to go into effect. 

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Ethics and professionalism

Integrity and ethical standards can open doors for caregivers and show how professionalism can be a differentiator both in terms of staff and the business.

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OSHA launches anti-retaliation rules for injury and illness reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed rules that forbid retaliation and discrimination for reporting injuries, including post-accident drug testing and "incentive" programs that retaliate against those who bring workplace safety violations to light.

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SCOTUS says no to challenge on labor law for home care

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case that would have challenged the Department of Labor’s ruling on labor protections for home care workers.

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Caught caring

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how a little appreciation can go a long way in well-designed employee recognition programs.

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New overtime rules come with hefty price tag

The long-term care industry may be hard hit by the Department of Labor’s new Overtime Exemption Rule, which will make certain workers who earn less than $48,000 a year eligible for overtime pay. 

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Brookdale wants nurses

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. launches a tuition assistance program for newly-hired nurses that would reimburse up to $7,000 for two years of service. The goal is to grow and retain workforce talent amid a projected nursing shortfall and increasing senior population.

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Working challenged

When an aide quits unexpectedly, it can really disrupt a nursing home's routines. SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears tells how two aides managed to do the work of three when a sudden staff shortage caught everyone by surprise.

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6 ways to avoid meaningless meetings

Does your staff groan when it’s time for yet another meeting? Try these strategies to put your meetings back on the fast track—and get your staff back to work.

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