6Beds hosted a member-only joint training session provided by the Federal Department of Labor (DOL) and State Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), last Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the South San Francisco Women’s Club in South San Francisco (click here to watch Balitang America’s segment). This was the first joint training hosted by both labor departments — not just in our industry — but in all industries throughout the nation.
Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Founder and Legislative Director, and Michael Eastwood, Assistant District Director of Wage and Hour, had been working on an outreach program to help educate care home owners on wage and hour. Eventually, with the support of Julie Sue, Labor Commissioner, and Benny Cheng, Regional Manager, DLSE , the joint labor training was formalized. The seasoned trainers were Lilita Hom, Wage and Hour Investigator of DOL and Merly Heras, Deputy Labor Commissioner 1 of DLSE. The atmosphere was relaxed, open and comfortably candid. Question and answers were supposed to be at the end of the training, but the care home owners had so many pressing questions that the presentation was often interrupted.
The first joint training was so successful that the DOL and DLSE will bring a similar training session to Southern California.
Many care home owners who attended the joint training left with a wealth of information, but the biggest challenge they now face is how to implement the nuances of these labor laws. Fortunately, 6Beds in collaboration with Littler Mendelson — the top labor law firm in the nation — created a solution, The Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities in California (The Guide).
The Guide is an online toolkit — administered by Littler Mendelson — that provides over 40 pages of detailed and up-to-date summary of federal and California law to help residential care facilities keep track of and comply with complex wage-and-hour regulations. Not only did Littler bridge federal and state labor laws in a simple-to-understand material, but it also included court cases that impacts these labor laws. However what most will find invaluable is that The Guide contains DOL-vetted employment agreements for live-in and live-out caregivers including 24 hour shifts. A timesheet that meets the more stringent California labor guidelines is also included in the Guide.
That being said, The Guide is the only wage and hour guide in our industry that was reviewed and has received valuable input by high level officials from the DOL prior to its launch.
The Guide will help protect your facility from costly random audits, employee complaint-based audit and private lawsuit.