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Learn How Elections are Changing in San Mateo!

Join Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Phil Ting, Mark Church and Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk Recorder

Learn How Elections are Changing in San Mateo!

  • Vote by Mail
  • Dropbox
  • Vote Center

WHEN:
April 19, 2018
6:00pm-7:30pm

WHERE:
The Doelger Senior Center
101 Lake Merced Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94015


Learn how the California Voter’s Choice Act will make it easier for how, when and where you cast a ballot. Starting in 2018, all registered voters in San Mateo County will receive their ballot in the mail a few weeks before the election. Most neighborhood polling places will no longer be used for voting. Instead, you will have 3 choices for how to vote.

  • Vote by Mail
    You can mail your ballot as soon as you receive it
  • Dropbox
    You can drop off your ballot at any secure Ballot Dropbox as soon as you receive it. No postage is required at Ballot Dropboxes.
  • Vote Center
    You can vote in person by visiting any Vote Center in your county. All Vote Centers will be open for at least 4 days from Saturday, June 2 through Tuesday, June 5. Some Vote Centers will be open for 11 days starting Saturday, May 26. At every Vote Center you can:

    – Vote in person.
    – Register to vote the same day, all the way up through Election Day.
    – Drop off your completed ballot.
    – Vote with an accessible voting machine.
    – Get help and voting material in multiple languages.

 

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Apr 17 – Support Referral Agency Bill Hearing Before the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee

This Tuesday, April 17, AB 2744 – RCFE Referral Agency, will be heard before the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee at the Capitol in room 127, at 3 PM in the afternoon.

AB2744 - April 17 Hearing

We encourage all RCFE operators to show their support for this Bill by attending the hearing and making your voices heard. If you have ever been wronged or have been taken advantage of by a referral agency, now is your chance to take a stand and make a difference!

Our group will meet before the event to discuss proceedings protocols before the hearing at 2 PM at  Zia’s Delicatessen on the corner of O St. and 14th:  1401 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

If you cannot make it to our meeting point, please proceed directly to the hearing at the Capitol in room 127 by 3PM.

Please RSVP to let us know how many of you are joining us.

We are looking forward to see many of you there! Make sure to wear your 6Beds t-shirts if you have one.

CLICK to RSVP

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REMINDER: AB 2744 – Referral Agency Bill – To Be Heard Today

Join our 6Beds leaders and our colleagues support AB 2744 – Referral Agency Bill, today, April 10 at 1:30 PM at the Capitol in Room 437.

6Beds Sponsors AB 2744 Referral Agency Bill

AB 2744 is co-authored by Assemblymember Eloise Reyes and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio to bring about much needed regulations and accountability to referral agencies.

If you have ever been wronged or have been taken advantage of by a referral agency, now is your chance to take a stand and make a difference!

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If You Didn’t Buy It, Don’t Use It!

by Ferdinand Ebio
A Friendly Word of Caution: If you didn’t buy the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities (The Guide), please don’t use it.

You literally have nothing to gain and definitely more to lose by using someone else’s copy.

Here’s why:

  • Every purchase of The Guide is tracked by both 6Beds and Littler Law Firm, so we know who purchased it.
  • Littler administers a digital version of The Guide through their online toolkit and receives a percentage of The Guide’s proceeds, and thus has a vested interest in its use and distribution.
  • Legal use of The Guide and its employment agreements are subject to Littler’s user license agreement.
  • Chances are, with all its complex legal jargon, you may not be using the correct employment agreements, or you may not be using the agreements correctly, thus rendering it null and in-effective.
  • Should you be audited by the Department of Labor (DOL/DLSE) or especially if you are subject to a private lawsuit, your employment agreement and its implementation may be challenged. If so, you may not be able to turn to Littler for help without facing additional penalty fees for using The Guide’s employment agreements without paying for your own copy.

    Having the right attorney in your defense is critical to mitigate any back wages you may owe, liquidated damages and other penalty and fees you may be subject to. Littler is the best there is in the labor industry. They have helped countless care home operators.

  • You may NOT have the most current version of the labor laws and the employment agreements which Littler updates on a regular basis through its online toolkit. An outdated employment agreement may leave you vulnerable to new labor laws affecting employment of live-ins, 24-hour workers and/or relievers.

On the flip side, if you did buy The Guide, then you have:

  • The most comprehensive and up to date labor guide and employment agreements for residential care homes that were reviewed by DOL, that allow you to legally take sleep time credit from your live-ins, relievers and 24-hour workers.
  • With proper usage, The Guide easily pays for itself in the first pay period you implement its respective employment agreements with just one employee, and can potentially help save you tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout the life of your care home.
  • Lifetime access to the latest labor codes regulating residential care facilities and employment agreements through Littler’s online toolkit for The Guide.
  • Discounted legal service from Littler as a 6Beds member and owner of The Guide.
  • Access to 6Beds Labor Workshop to help you get the most of The Guide and make proper use of its employment agreements.

Just so you know, all 6Beds leaders and officers who volunteer their time, energy and resources to protect and advance our industry — in addition to paying 6Beds membership — also paid for their own copy of The Guide, no exception.

Moreover, many new care home operators — whose facilities have yet to open for business — are already hedging their operations by purchasing The Guide and using its employment agreements to ensure that they do not succumb to the same fate that have befallen so many in our industry who incorrectly employ and benefit from the savings afforded by live-ins.

Click here to learn more about the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities.

Wage and hour non-compliance is a very serious and costly matter that may one day ruin your business and personal finance, regardless of your business’s legal entity. Most care home operators struggle to comprehend and achieve 100% labor compliance.

Don’t let this happen to you:

Filipino Caregiver in California Wins $500K in Unpaid Wages, Damages

Protect your personal assets and your care home by understanding the labor laws outlined in The Guide and by properly implementing its employment agreements to your respective caregivers.

Do it the right way. Get your own copy and access to Littler’s online toolkit for The Guide.

Either way, you get what you pay for!

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April 11 – Attend First Ever 6Beds Labor Workshop for ARF & RCFE

For the first time ever, 6Beds will host a Labor Workshop for ARF and RCFE that builds upon the DOL/DLSE labor training, where we will delve into the practical daily applications of the labor laws that regulate our industry.

April 11, 2018 - 6Beds DOL/DLSE Labor Training for ARF and RCFE

If you have attended at least one of our DOL/DLSE labor training in the past and are still struggling to understand how to comply with federal and state labor laws and/or you’ve purchased the Wage and Hour Guide but still don’t know where or how to begin, do not miss this workshop.

We will host this workshop during 6Beds’ 4th Annual Advocacy Day, on April 11th at the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento, at the Esquire Plaza.

Registration is from 7AM – 8AM. Main event is from 8AM – 5PM.

In this workshop, we will analyze a typical work week schedule and timesheets for compliance violations and costs; then we will apply compliance solutions and optimizations. Our goal is to help you better understand the labor laws presented during the DOL/DLSE labor training session as they apply to everyday operations — especially when employing live-ins to help minimize labor costs and optimize delivery of care, per regulations.

This workshop is for current 6Beds members only. Reserve your seats today as space is limited to our venue’s 140 seating capacity. More than half of the seats for this session have already been reserved.

Please note, if you have already reserved your seats for the April 11 Advocacy Day, your seats are already reserved and you do not need to reserve your seats again.

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS

If you are a 6Beds member and purchased your copy of the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities, this labor workshop will help you get the most out of it.

If you are not yet a 6Beds member and wish to participate in the Labor Workshop, you may sign up for membership by clicking on the following link:

https://6beds.org/_new/join-us/

If your 6Beds membership has expired or lapsed, please click on the following link to renew/re-activate your membership:

https://6beds.org/renew/

You may also sign-up for membership on the day of the event.

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Governor’s Budget Proposes Adding 2,000 Slots to the Assisted Living Waiver Program – 6Beds Advocacy Efforts Paying Off

by George Kutnerian
As many of you may be aware, the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program reached its capacity of 3,700 slots in March of 2017 and has since been operating with a waitlist that is now fast approaching 3,000 individuals.

Governor’s Budget Proposes Adding 2,000 Slots to Assisted Living Waiver Program -- 6Beds Advocacy Efforts Paying Off

6Beds has been advocating for an expansion to the ALW program since last year’s Advocacy Day in spring of 2017.

Since then, in its efforts to expand and improve the ALW, 6Beds has joined a broad coalition that includes LeadingAge CA, California Assisted Living Association, Alzheimer’s Association, The SCAN Foundation, California Hospital Association, the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association, and Justice in Aging.

This broad coalition had been advocating to the Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Finance for an expansion of the ALW.  The Governor’s proposal to add 2,000 slots to the ALW is a significant first step towards expanding the ALW.  We will keep you posted on how the proposal to add 2,000 slots to the ALW progresses through the budget process.  Even if approved, the addition of the 2,000 slots would not be operational until at least this summer as the Department of Health Care Services will be required to apply for a waiver amendment with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Stay tuned for updates.

Advocating for expanding and improving the ALW is a part of 6Beds’ 2018 Advocacy Day agenda.

Please join us for Advocacy Day in Sacramento on April 11, 2018 at the California Chamber of Commerce, beginning at 8AM.

Click here to learn more.

Best,

George K. Kutnerian
Senior Vice President
Public Policy & Legislation

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April 11 – Attend DOL/DLSE Labor Training for ARF & RCFE

Wage and hour non-compliance is a very serious and costly matter that may one day ruin your business and personal finance, regardless of your business’s legal entity.

6Beds DOL/DLSE Labor Training for ARF and RCFE

Ensure the longevity of your care home(s) and the vital services you provide to our communities by learning and correctly applying the labor laws that regulate our industry.

Don’t let this happen to you:

Attend 6Beds’ Joint DOL/DLSE Labor Training on April 11, during 6Beds’ 4th Annual Advocacy Day, on April 11th at the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento, at the Esquire Plaza

Registration is from 7AM – 8AM. Main event is from 8AM – 5PM.

This labor training is open to all providers. Reserve your seats today as we have almost filled our venue’s 140 seating capacity.

Please note, if you have already reserved your seats for the April 11 Advocacy Day, your seats are already reserved and you do not need to reserve your seats again.

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS

It is not often that we get both the DOL (Federal) and DLSE (State) to present labor training exclusively for residential care facilities. To fully understand the labor laws that govern our daily operations — especially when employing live-ins — a thorough understanding of federal laws that regulate sleep-time credit and off-duty hours along with California’s Industrial Welfare Commision (IWC) Order No.5 is needed.

Field officers from both agencies will present a unified perspective on the federal and state labor codes that regulate the residential care industry. Learn the various caregiver classifications and their respective requirements to legally receive credit for sleep-time hours and other off-duty hours as governed by federal labor laws. Learn the complex California overtime rules and IWC No.5 labor codes to help you properly schedule staffing and provide correct payment of hourly wages.

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April 10 – Support 6Beds Sponsor AB 2744: Referral Agency Bill

After more than one unsuccessful attempt by other groups at passing referral agency legislation, 6Beds is taking the lead in sponsoring Assembly Bill 2744 – Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Referral Agency.

6Beds Sponsors AB 2744 Referral Agency Bill

AB 2744 is co-authored by Assemblymember Eloise Reyes and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio to bring about much needed regulations and accountability to referral agencies.

If you have ever been wronged or have been taken advantage of by a referral agency, now is your chance to take a stand and make a difference!

AB 2744 will first be heard by the Legislature on April 10 at 1:30 PM in room 437 at the Capitol. Please join our 6Beds leaders to support this bill.

While not all referral agencies are predatory — as many do really help to place clients fairly into appropriate homes — there are those (we won’t name them here) who have really exploited their marketing and technological positions to exert dominance over this industry’s referral services. In the process, they’ve taken shortcuts to place clients in care homes, charge exorbitant referral fees, are unyielding in their approach to getting paid regardless of extenuating circumstances, are under-trained in our industry’s practices and regulations, and above all, do not completely disclose their marketing practices to their clients.

AB 2744 will require registration of all referral agencies (person or entity that provides referrals for a fee) with DSS and will impose various regulations to ensure fair and transparent dealings with clients and facilities. The bill has many provisions. Click here to read them in their entirety. Below are some provisions deemed noteworthy by the bill’s author:

1569.901.

(a) A referral agency shall not provide a referral to a facility unless registered with the department pursuant to this section.

1569.902.

(a) Before providing a referral, a referral agency shall provide the client with a disclosure that includes all of the following in clear language:
(6) A statement as to whether the referral agency has visited the facility or communicated with another referral agency or health care professional who has visited the facility.
(7) A list of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all the facilities to which the referral agency has supplied the name of the client or the potential resident.
(10) A description of the training the referral agency has provided or required of employees pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1569.907.

1569.903. If the referral agency has an Internet Web site, it shall prominently display on the first page, prior to the client being asked to sign up for services or agree to terms, all of the following:

(b) The statement: “If you are referred to a residential care facility for the elderly, the facility you use may be required to pay the referral agency a fee.”

1569.905. A referral agency shall not do any of the following:

(a) Sell placement information to a facility or marketing affiliate without obtaining affirmative consent from the client each time the information is sold.
(d) Hold any power of attorney for a client or potential resident or hold that person’s property in any capacity.

1569.906. An employee of a referral agency who will be in direct contact with the potential resident shall be required to obtain either a criminal record clearance or a criminal record exemption from the department before his or her initial contact with a potential resident, as provided in Section 1569.17.

1569.909.

(a) A contract between a referral agency and a facility shall include all of the following:
(b) (1) If a referred client decides not to use the facility, the facility is entitled to a refund of 100 percent of the referral fee, if paid by the facility.
(2) Except as provided in paragraph (1), if the potential resident leaves the facility for any reason, including death, referral fees that have been paid by a facility shall be refunded as follows:
(A) During the first month of residency, the facility shall be entitled to a refund of at least 80 percent of the referral fee.
(B) During the second month of residency, the facility shall be entitled to a refund of at least 60 percent of the referral fee.
(C) During the third month of residency, the facility shall be entitled to a refund of at least 40 percent of the referral fee.
(c) A facility may rely on the client’s written declaration as to which referral agency the client used and shall not be required to pay a fee to any other referral agency.

Again, to better understand and fully grasp AB 2744, please read its full description and provisions by clicking here.

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Attend April 11 – 6Beds Advocacy Day with Labor Training & Workshop for RCFE & ARF

April 11 - 6Beds Advocacy Day - Sacramento

6Beds Advocacy Day
GROW THE 6!
APRIL 11, 2018
7 AM – 8 AM REGISTRATION
8 AM – 5 PM MAIN EVENT
California Chamber of Commerce
Esquire Plaza
1215 K St., Suite 1400
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again! 6Beds is hosting its 4th Annual Advocacy Day Conference in Sacramento on April 11th.

This year, 6Beds is sponsoring AB 2744 – RCFE Referral Agencies, co-authored by Assemblymember Eloise Reyes and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, advocating for much needed regulations for predatory referral agencies.

We are also moving forward with AB 1437 – Modernizing Regulations, our very first sponsored bill, co-authored by Assemblymember Jim Paterson and Senator Scott Wiener.

6Beds is also co-sponsoring AB 3098 – Emergency Plans, authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman. In addition, 6Beds is also lobbying to expand government funded programs, such as the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW), for both RCFE and ARF.

Join us in support of these much needed initiatives to protect as well as provide housing and care to our residents, especially with the growing need for our services amidst California’s daunting housing crisis.

Our guest speakers this year are:

  • Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of Senate Committee on Human Services
  • Deputy Director Pam Dickfoss, DSS Community Care Licensing Division
  • Senator Joel Anderson (D-San Diego)
  • and more…

While 6Beds leaders and lobbyists advocate at the Capitol, a Joint DOL/DLSE Labor Compliance Training will be held at the California Chamber of Commerce at the Esquire Plaza in downtown Sacramento.

We invite all operators to attend this session to learn what you need to know to comply with both federal and state labor laws that govern our care homes.

This training session is FREE to all operators!

In addition, we invite current 6Beds members to attend our very first Wage and Hour Compliance Workshop for Residential Care Facilities that builds on top of the DOL/DLSE labor training.

It will help you learn how to comply with the labor laws to optimize delivery of care while legally minimizing your labor costs. We will deconstruct a typical work week staffing schedule, analyze it for compliance violations and costs, then apply compliance solutions and optimizations.

If you have live-ins or plan to employ them as part of your care solution, DO NOT miss this compliance workshop (current 6Beds membership required)!

Contact us to learn more about this workshop.

CLICK to JOIN 6Beds

Seats are limited to our venue’s 140 seating capacity.
Reserve yours today as these will go fast.

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CCL To Make Significant Changes to Inspection Process – 6Beds Calling for Greater Consistency and Transparency

by George Kutnerian
Community Care Licensing (CCL) has announced that it intends to make significant changes to the inspection process in an effort to improve the effectiveness and quality of that process.  6Beds has been invited by CCL to provide feedback on how its new inspection process vision gets implemented in the field.  6Beds is stressing that the new inspection process be more consistent and transparent.

6Beds attended a first meeting with CCL in December, 2017 and will be attending a second meeting with CCL in March, 2018 to further discuss the rollout of the inspection process.  CCL anticipates piloting the new inspection process this spring and 6Beds will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Best Regards,
George K. Kutnerian
Senior Vice President
Public Policy & Legislation
6Beds, Inc.