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6Beds Continues to Push the Envelope for the Residential Care Communities

by Ferdinand Ebio
6Beds 2018 Advocacy Day, on April 11th, was a great success and serves as a new benchmark for this trailblazing organization—in terms of guest speakers presenting, new membership sign-ups and renewals, as well as putting the must-have Wage and Hour Guide in the hands of operators.

Sen. Anderson, Assem. Eloise Reyes, Sen. Wiener

Now in its fourth year since its meteoric inception in mid-2014, 6Beds has proven its ability to affect categorical, positive change in the residential care industry and, in the process, has garnered high praises and respect from the Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE), numerous politicians, residential care operators and the countless communities 6Beds serves throughout California.

6Beds’ stellar lobbyists, Robert Naylor and Roxanne Gould kicked off the event—welcoming over 140 attendees and introducing this years’ 6Beds sponsored bill, AB2744: Referral Agency, as the centerpiece to 6Beds’ Grow the 6! theme for this year’s advocacy day.

Both Naylor and Gould reinforced 6Beds’ well-seasoned volunteer leadership’s vital role in protecting and advancing the residential care industry to ensure housing and care for California’s frail elderly and adults with developmental disabilities. Watch clips below:

Naylor and Gould then fielded questions about AB2744 and detailed the steps we still need to take before the bill lands on the Governor’s desk.

They were followed by Ron Simpson, 6Beds Director, Southern California President and Compliance & Membership Director, who gave an overview of how 6Beds came about in sponsoring AB2744 and the important roles 6Beds’ lobbyists played in authoring the bill. Watch all four clips below:

The attendees then had the pleasure of hearing from the primary author of AB2744, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-Inland Empire), who dropped in to express her support and reason for authoring this very important bill. Watch clip below:

PHOTO (L-R): Gina Wasdyke, Linda Armas, Ron Simpson, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, Dorie Paniza, Olivia Deanda

In addition to sponsoring AB2744, Cyndy Minnery, 6Beds Director and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs & Compliance, and George Kutnerian, 6Beds Director and Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation, are collaborating on a forthcoming medication management training bill — to train RCFE caregivers on how to administer medications to residents during their end-of-life phase.

Watch the clip below as Minnery explains the significance of this forthcoming bill:

Next, Kutnerian provided an update on last year’s 6Beds sponsored bill, AB1437: Modernizing Regulations. Learn how this bill will simplify the way you obtain caregiver security clearance for the multi-facilities you operate. Watch clip below:

This year, 6Beds had the privilege of having two top officials from the DSS participate in a round table discussion, moderated by Kutnerian, to talk about the latest issues surrounding our industry. They are Pam Dickfoss, Deputy Director, DSS, Community Care Licensing and Ley Arquisola, Program Administrator, Adult and Senior Care Program. Since topics covered are significant in content and length, we will provide each in a separate blog. Be on the lookout for these in the coming days.

Below are clips of Dickfoss and Arquisola affirming the significance of 6Beds as a stakeholder and partner of DSS, as a key instrument to shape care home policies and regulations from the direct perspectives of residential care operators.

PHOTO (L-R): Roxanne Gould, Ley Arquisola, Cyndy Minnery, George Kutnerian, Pam Dickfoss, Ines Otbo, Angie Marinda, Ron Simpson, Tess Misa 

DDS’s Jim Knight, Assistant Deputy Director for the Community Services Division, also graced our event with top news surrounding the ARF communities. Be on the lookout for these must-know topics in our upcoming blogs, as well.

PHOTO: Jim Knight, Assistant Deputy Director for the Community Services Division

Taking time off from their impacted schedules, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), co-author of last year’s 6Beds sponsored bill, AB1437, as well as Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), staunch supporter of small business and 6Beds, dropped by to give their support to 6Beds and to all care home operators throughout California. Watch their clips:

With a short time in between, Attorney Roberta Mendonca presented 6Beds Foundation — 6Beds’ sister organization. Watch Mendonca’s presentation below to learn more about this exciting new non-profit organization whose purpose is to utilize existing residential care homes to solve California’s housing crisis for the frail elderly and adults with developmental disabilities.

Rounding out the day was a joint DOL/DLSE Labor Training session. This was yet another rare occasion where we had both federal and state representatives provide a comprehensive perspective on the federal and state labor laws that govern our caregivers.

PHOTO: Jamika Lopez, Community Outreach Resource & Planning Specialist, DOL with DLSE Representative

Click the links below to download the DLSE’s Wage Order 5, as well as DOL’s Power Point presentation and their latest live-in caregiver models.

DOWNLOAD: FLSA POWER POINT PRESENTATION

DOWNLOAD: SLEEP TIME HOURS WORKED CHART

DOWNLOAD: WAGE ORDER 5

For 6Beds members, however, the day was far from over. Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Director and Founder, shared her industry-know-how to encourage and inspire both veteran and newly-initiated ARF and RCFE operators with a range of untapped and under-utilized opportunities, as well as funding sources in the residential care industry.

PHOTO: Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Director and Founder, ARF Operator

Wasdyke will expand on this presentation with in-depth “how-to’s” and insider information this coming June 6, as 6Beds hosts its first-ever Labor Compliance Workshop and Funding Seminar at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, near Sacramento. Don’t miss this game-changing event for your care home. Click here to reserve your seats today!

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS


6Beds’ 2018 Advocacy Day was made possible by the generous contributions of our vendor sponsors. Connect with them and see how they can help operate and grow your care homes. They are as follows:

  • EXCELL HOME CARE, INC
    LANI ROJAS · (562) 569-5568 · lani@excellhc.net · www.ExcellHomecare.com
  • HALO INDUSTRY
    INES OTBO · (562) 842-7539 · otbo1956@aol.com · www.HaloIndustry.com
  • KCK INDUSTRIES
    ANA GOULDE · (310) 866-6946 · Anag@kckind.com · www.kckind.com
  • MAXIMUM BUILDERS
    MAX & MIKE PERALTA · (408) 621-0465 · maxiumbuildersin01@gmail.com
  • NATIONAL PLACEMENT & REFERRAL ALLIANCE
    LINDA ARMAS · (714) 404-8210 · linda4seniors@yahoo.com · www.npralliance.org
  • NIRVANA HOSPICE
    VANESSA CASTRO · (562) 988-3370 · nirvanahospice@gmail.com
  • PERLAS INSURANCE SERVICES
    PATRICK PERLAS · (818) 543-1403 · jpatrick@perlasinsurance.com · www.PerlasInsurance.com
  • REAL TIME SENIOR LIVING
    STEVE HOYT & STEVE GILBERT · (925) 368-7514 · shoyt@realtimesl.com · www.RealtimeSL.com
  • S3 SOLAR
    ALEX ALINO · (714) 600-4915 · aalino@s3solar.com · www.s3solar.com

6Beds also expresses its gratitude to members, Lillian and Sonny Sisayan, for their generous contribution to defray members’ parking fees.

Lastly, but by no means the least, we are truly and sincerely grateful to the many 6Beds volunteer officers, along with their friends and family members whose time and selfless contributions powered this event. They are:

  • Dorie Paniza, 6Beds Northern California President, RCFE Operator
  • Ines Otbo, 6Beds Sourthern California Senior Vice President, RCFE Operator
  • Olivia Deanda, 6Beds Treasurer, ARF Operator
  • Angie Marinda, 6Beds Executive Secretary, RCFE Operator

PHOTO (L-R): Roxanne Gould, George Kutnerian, Rita Flowers, Sony and Lillian Sisayan, Tess Misa, Tess Jomok, Amy, Paniza (Dorie’s son), Amanda, Dorie Paniza, Ines Otbo, Lani, Angie Marinda, Aida Briones, Lillie Mauricio, Gina Wasdyke, Ron Simpson, Olivia Deanda

Below are additional photos from the day’s events:

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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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Nov 14 – Joint DOL, DLSE & Littler Labor Compliance Seminar for ARFs & RCFEs

20171114 6Beds Labor Compliance Seminar

Representatives from the Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and Littler Law Firm will unpack the labor laws you need to comply with and how do it legally.

Have your pressing questions answered directly by federal and state labor field representatives along with attorneys from Littler, author of the number one compliance guide for residential care homes, The Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities (The Guide).

This is a must-attend seminar for many of us struggling to understand and legally comply with the complex labor laws, especially those that pertain to live-ins.

This seminar will focus solely on labor compliance.

For those who attended last August’s conference, this seminar will build upon what you have already learned. You will learn how to comply with the complex federal and state labor laws as they pertain to residential care homes, with emphasis on how to legally classify your employees as live-ins.

This seminar is also a refresher and update for some who are already familiar with labor compliance. For those who have The Guide and do not fully comprehend its tenets or are unsure of how to implement them, Littler attorneys will be on-hand to answer your questions.

Additional speakers from Perlas Insurance and biometric time and attendance will cover worker compensation and biometric time sheets, respectively—key components of labor compliance.

A question and answer panel comprised of all the guest speakers will help give you cross-agency answers to all your pertinent questions, arming you with the tools you need to stay compliant.

A complimentary catered lunch will be provided so that we can all stay onsite and get the most out of the conference. 

This day will go fast! Make sure to bring your colleagues and your questions.


DATE: November 14, 2017
TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
LOCATION: Brea Community Center
695 Madison Way
Brea, CA 92821 (SoCal)


Click to RESERVE SEATS

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Date Changed: Apr 7 – SoCal, Federal & State Labor Joint Training

Joint Training with US Department of Labor (DOL) & California Divsion of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)

Please be advised that the March 31st joint training has been rescheduled for April 7th. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Seize this rare opportunity to hear firsthand from DOL and DLSE officials:

  1. what is required for compliance by both Federal and State labor laws,
  2. what they look for during a labor audit in the residential care industry and
  3. get your pressing questions answered.

April 7, 2016
8:30 AM – 5 PM
(REGISTRATION 7:45 AM)

Evergreen Masonic Center
5801 Chicago Ave.
Riverside, CA 92517

If you have already registered for the March 31 event, you DO NOT need to register again to attend the April 7 training session. Your registration will be extended to the new event date.

This event is FREE and open to all.
However seats are limited so please click to RSVP now.

RSVP April 7 - DLSE & DOL Joint Training

 

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Limited Seating Still Available – RSVP Nov 17 US & State Labor Joint Training

Joint Training with US Department of Labor (DOL) & California Divsion of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)

Seize this rare opportunity to hear firsthand from DOL and DLSE officials

  1. what is required for compliance by both Federal and State labor laws,
  2. what they look for during a labor audit in the residential care industry and
  3. get your pressing questions answered.

November 17, 2015
9 AM – 4 PM
Rancho Cordova City Hall
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

This event is FREE and open to all.
However seats are limited so please RSVP now.

RSVP Nov 17 - NorCal Federal & State Labor Joint Training

EVENT PROGRAM


9 AM – Registration


10 AM – DOL & DLSE Joint Training

Michael Eastwood
Assistant District Director,
U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division

Patricia Canites
Assistant District Director,
U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division

Benny Cheng
Regional Manager,
Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement

Connor Schmeding
Deputy Labor Commissioner II,
Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement


12 PM – Lunch & Networking


1 PM – DOL & DLSE Joint Training (Continued)


3 PM –  Overview of 6Beds’ Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities in California (The Guide)


The Guide provides a 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. Residential care facilities have been under increased scrutiny in recent years, particularly in the area of wage and hour compliance. To complicate matters, federal and state laws and regulations continue to evolve at breakneck speed. The Guide provides:

  1. detailed guidelines that keep pace with these legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments, and
  2. includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions,
  3. as well as state-of-the-art sample forms and agreements to help residential care facilities remain in compliance with the ever-changing nature of wage and hour law.

The Guide is co-authored by Littler attorneys Alecia W. Winfield, Tammy D. McCutchen (former U.S. Wage & Hour Administrator), and Ashley J. Brick. A tutorial video also accompanies The Guide to help you better understand how to put The Guide to use.

The Guide is available for purchase to 6Beds members only for a one time investment of $950, which includes all future labor laws updates.

Click here to purchase The Guide.

Not a member of 6Beds, yet? Join us now and be part of a trail-blazing organization — transforming today’s residential care industry to insure affordable, quality residential care for California’s elderly and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as to preserve the integrity and viability of our profession!

Click here to join 6Beds.

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RSVP Nov 17 – NorCal Federal & State Labor Joint Training

Joint Training with US Department of Labor (DOL) & California Divsion of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)

Seize this rare opportunity to hear firsthand from DOL and DLSE officials

  1. what is required for compliance by both Federal and State labor laws,
  2. what they look for during a labor audit in the residential care industry and
  3. get your pressing questions answered.

November 17, 2015
9 AM – 4 PM
Rancho Cordova City Hall
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

This event is FREE and open to all.
However seats are limited so please RSVP now.

RSVP Nov 17 - NorCal Federal & State Labor Joint Training

EVENT PROGRAM


9 AM – Registration


10 AM – DOL & DLSE Joint Training


12 PM – Lunch & Networking


1 PM – DOL & DLSE Joint Training


3 PM –  Overview of 6Beds’ Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities in California (The Guide)


The Guide provides a 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. Residential care facilities have been under increased scrutiny in recent years, particularly in the area of wage and hour compliance. To complicate matters, federal and state laws and regulations continue to evolve at breakneck speed. The Guide provides:

  1. detailed guidelines that keep pace with these legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments, and
  2. includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions,
  3. as well as state-of-the-art sample forms and agreements to help residential care facilities remain in compliance with the ever-changing nature of wage and hour law.

The Guide is co-authored by Littler attorneys Alecia W. Winfield, Tammy D. McCutchen (former U.S. Wage & Hour Administrator), and Ashley J. Brick. A tutorial video also accompanies The Guide to help you better understand how to put The Guide to use.

The Guide is available for purchase to 6Beds members only for a one time investment of $950, which includes all future labor laws updates.

Click here to purchase The Guide.

Not a member of 6Beds, yet? Join us now and be part of a trail-blazing organization — transforming today’s residential care industry to insure affordable, quality residential care for California’s elderly and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as to preserve the integrity and viability of our profession!

Click here to join 6Beds.

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6Beds Hosts Nation’s First Ever DOL and DLSE Joint Training

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.

Click here to get your access to The Guide, now!

The Guide will help protect your facility from costly random audits, employee complaint-based audit and private lawsuit.

 

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Unless There is a Shift To Compliance, The Labor Audits Will Continue

Are you prepared for a labor audit? Do you have the right agreements in place? Are you paying for all hours worked? Are your employees filling out time sheets accurately? Are you utilizing the most cost effective staffing model while remaining compliant with both federal and California labor laws?

If you answered “NO” to any of the above questions or are not sure, then please don’t wait. Register for 6Beds’ upcoming August 1st, labor compliance training session where we will unveil the latest state-of-the-art Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities in California. This online toolkit is over 40 pages in length and is co-authored by Littler attorneys Alecia W. Winfield, Tammy D. McCutchen (former U.S. Wage & Hour Administrator), and Ashley J. Brick. The Guide will be presented by Littler.

Register for this live, compliance training session and/or just reserve your access to the Guide now, by visiting our Eventbrite event registration page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-1-2015-wage-and-hour-guide-for-residential-care-facilities-tickets-17742841316

This online toolkit provides a 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. Residential care facilities have been under increased scrutiny in recent years, particularly in the area of wage and hour compliance. To complicate matters, federal and state laws and regulations continue to evolve at breakneck speed. This toolkit provides:

  1. detailed guidelines that keep pace with these legislative, regulatory, and judicial developments, and
  2. includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions as well as
  3. state-of-the-art sample forms and agreements to help residential care facilities remain in compliance with the ever-changing nature of wage and hour law.

To date, 6Beds has been working diligently with the State of California to change labor laws that negatively impact our industry and later aims to do the same with federal labor laws. But until 6Beds’ legislative efforts succeed, the residential care industry must strive to comply with both federal and state labor laws. In time, as more residential care facilities maintain compliance with these complex laws, it is our understanding that the rampant audits and lawsuits will diminish significantly.