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2016 Minimum Wages & Pay Requirements
“Employer” means to engage, suffer, or permit to work. A employer is a legal entity that controls and directs a servant or worker under an express or implied contract of employment and pays (or is obligated to pay) him or her salary or wages in compensation.
“Employee” means any person employed by an employer.
Even if your care facility only employs one person you have to follow the wage laws. Starting January 1, 2016 14 states began the new year with higher minimum wages. All employers are subject to both the federal and state minimum wage laws which does include overtime pay requirements. When there is a conflict between the state and federal laws the strictest law rules. For example California's current minimum wage law ($10 a hour as of Jan 1, 2016) requires a higher minimum wage rate than does the federal law ($7.25, all employers in California who are subject to both laws must pay the state minimum wage rate unless their employees are exempt under California law).
Exempt employees make a salary as dictated by federal and state law and also have to meet certain other criteria to be considered exempt. See Exempt Employees, Exempt Employee Audit READ MORE
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Steps to Risk Management
We do risk management because it’s the right thing to do.
In order to establish your own good risk management program, you will need to take many steps, however the first steps are as follows:
Learn About Risk Management
There is good information on the internet about risk management and several good books. Do the research to help you develop your program. It is essential to understand that risk management is not effective in businesses that do not think it’s important.
If you want to reap the benefits of a great risk management program make it part of every weekly meeting, and let everyone that has a stake in the success of the plan contribute. See Risk Management Programand Risk Management Handbook Table of Contents
Form a Risk Management Committee
To create a program first set up a Risk Management Committee and create standards, identify stakeholders, identify risks, analysis risks, create risk reduction treatment plans, establish policies, procedures, goals, terms, and a mission statement. The Risk Management Committee will review all aspects of the business to help improve the quality of care and services. One important goal will be to establish a process for continual improvement. See Risk Management Committee
Our decisions and actions in the present can
greatly influence the future.
These are the people who have a vested interest such as the residents, staff, visitors and the medical community. If your risk management program is going to work, everyone must feel comfortable to openly communicate any problems, concerns or issues they feel need addressing.
There are known risks already discovered for just about every business. In the care service business, improper care, high staff turnover, and documentation problems are commonly known. Read ProvidersWeb’s Risk Report and Citations to review common industry risks. When identifying risks all stakeholders involved should be allowed input. We have developed an awesome form to help you evaluate risks. See Identifying the Risks
Be sure to review all currently available accident/incident injury reports and workers compensation reports, conduct reviews and assessments for each department. Look for trends, errors and potential problem areas. Once the risks have been identified, then the level of risk needs to be determined. Some risks are severe, some serious and others are limited risks. Each risk will have to be analyzed for its importance, cost impact and other considerations.
Create a Risk Reduction Treatment Plan
A strategy plan will need to be developed to avoid, reduce, accept or transfer the risk. An appropriate response to the risk will need to be developed. Staff and stakeholders will need to know what his/her role is and have input in developing his/her response. Processes to reduce the risk will need to be defined in writing to lessen the chance of miscommunication. See Risk Treatment Plan Form, Risk Reduction Treatment Evaluation, and Risk Preparedness
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Risk Management Benefits
Cost of Insurance
California Fires and Emergency Preparedness Plans
Fire and Disaster Preparedness
Fires and disasters can happen anywhere. The recent Butte and Valley fires in California were really destructive, lives and homes were lost. We here at ProvidersWeb were under mandatory evacuation, so please excuse the delay in getting this newsletter out. We learned a lot from the fire and would like to share the following:
EVACUATIONS: When a fire or other type of disaster happens, you may be given 5 minutes or a few hours to evacuate. Always be ready and when under mandatory evacuation, leave. Some of the people that refused to evacuate were burned to death. Be sure to lock up and close all the windows and shut down the AC system if there is time to. Community Care Facilities and Nursing Homes are required to have relocation plans. Should evacuation be required, all types of care facilities should have real plans for the evacuation and transportation of residents; temporary housing for the residents; money to pay for evacuation expenses; emergency staffing; emergency food and water supplies and so many other things. See ProvidersWeb’s Emergency Manual for more information.
RELOCATION AND NEWS: We are grateful to Cal-Fire and all the wonderful firefighters for doing such a great job. Cal-fire’s website had fire updates twice a day, maps, the list of mandatory evacuation areas, resources and more. We found the latest local updates on the fire, maps and where evacuation resources were on Facebook. Several local people put up a Facebook pages dedicated to updates on the fire and resources and that was wonderful. We found the local news, county website, police website, and City government websites to have useful information too. Read More
ProvidersWeb offers a comprehensive emergency service manual for all types of care facilities. For more emergency information click here.
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