CHA has submitted comments to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on Cal/OSHA’s June 8 emergency regulations pertaining to the stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE), which define “normal consumption” as the average consumption of specified PPE type and size over a two-year period, with a 200% cap.
Action needed: Call your assembly member to oppose Assembly Bill (AB) 650 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance). Call your state senator and ask them to oppose Senate Bill (SB) 213 (Cortese, D-San Jose). CHA has developed key messages about both bills for members’ use. Find contact information for both your assembly member and senator on the state Legislature’s site. […]
On Monday, CHA issued an Alert asking hospitals to write and call their assembly member to oppose Assembly Bill (AB) 650 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance) and to write and call their state senator, asking them to oppose Senate Bill (SB) 213 (Cortese, D-San Jose).
Action needed: Write and call your assembly member to oppose Assembly Bill (AB) 650 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance). Write and call your state senator, asking them to oppose Senate Bill (SB) 213 (Cortese, D-San Jose). CHA has developed a template letter and key messages about both bills for members’ use. Find contact information for both your assembly […]
Background: Staffing shortages may jeopardize access to careAB 650 would mandate unfair and inequitable extra pay for only some health care workers while excluding millions of other essential and health care workers throughout the state. The bill mandates extra pay to workers at private hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, surgery centers, and other providers but excludes […]
Beginning this year, a single Human Resources Conference replaces CHA’s former employee safety/workers’ compensation seminar and its labor and employment seminar, combining both into a one-and-a-half-day event. Register now for CHA’s only human resources-focused educational program of 2020, to be held March 23-24 in Pasadena.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter 20-04, detailing the new administrative penalties it will enforce for general acute care hospitals that fail to comply with nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, and clarifying certain provisions of the requirements.
Registration is now open for CHA’s members-only Human Resources Conference: Bringing Order to Chaos conference in Pasadena March 23-24, combining CHA’s annual Employee Safety and Workers Compensation seminar and its Labor and Employment seminar.
Yesterday, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency released a web page focused on Assembly Bill 5, the bill that creates a new test for determining independent contractor status. The site includes information for employees and employers, including frequently asked questions. Although many questions remain, this new resource may be helpful to hospital leaders as they review their independent contractor relationships.
One of CHA’s highest legislative priorities this year has been Senate Bill (SB) 227 (Leyva, D-Chino), which would create duplicative and mandatory fines for hospitals if they do not meet required nurse staffing ratios. With help from member hospitals, our advocacy generated key amendments last week, including:
An exemption for hospitals that — in response to an unforeseeable and uncontrollable fluctuation — promptly make an effort to maintain staffing requirements
A 50% reduction in the fines (now $15,000 for the first violation and $30,000 subsequently)
A reduction in the length of time required to revert to a first violation (lowered from six years to three)