Labor

Urge Assembly Members to Oppose Legislation That Jeopardizes Access to Care With Increased Costs, Potential Staffing Shortages

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 […]

Register Now for CHA’s Members-Only Human Resources Conference

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.

State Releases Guidance on New Law for Determining Independent Contractors

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.

CHA Secures Amendments to Nurse Staffing Ratio Bill, Continues Advocacy to Oppose

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)

CHA Supports Resident Physician Shortage Act of 2019

CHA sent a letter to the California congressional delegation this week, urging support of the Resident Physician Shortage Act of 2019 (H.R. 1763), which takes steps to reduce nationwide physician shortages by increasing the number of Medicare-supported residency positions.