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Matt Lynch, Shareholder, Sebris Busto James

Employers Need to Review Their Handbooks and Policies Now
to Avoid NLRB Scrutiny


By Matt Lynch
Shareholder
Sebris Busto James


As you may know, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been busy rewriting the rules on union organizing, employee use of e-mails, NLRB jurisdiction and workplace investigations. The latest salvo impacting hospitals' day-to-day operations is the March 18, 2015 issuance of the NLRB General Counsel’s Memorandum GC 15-04 ("GC Memo" or "Memo"), which outlines employer handbook policies and rules that NLRB investigators and regional offices will consider to be lawful and unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). The GC Memo pertains to policies and rules that are often found in employee handbooks in both union and non-union workplaces. NLRB review of such policies often arises because a discharged employee may seek reversal of the discharge, or because a union that has lost a representation election seeks to overturn the loss by claiming the employer maintained employer policies that hindered union organizing.  Read article
Physician, Administrator and Nurse checking medical results

Value: Improving Cost and Quality at the Same Time


By Diane Stewart, MBA, Senior Director, Pacific Business Group on Health

In medical school, there is an old adage shared by physicians in training – “see one, do one, teach one.” The saying deftly underscores today’s steep learning curve and accelerated engagement by physician groups and health systems in the value-based health care landscape, where innovation is being shared by best practice collaborators up and down the state through a health care improvement initiative. Read article
Man complete time sheet

Are You Prepared for Revisions to Federal Regulations on Overtime?


By Kristin Nealey Meier, Member, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Employee rights and working conditions have been an increasingly popular issue in local and national debates. While much of the focus has been on minimum wage, employers need to pay attention to President Obama's March 13, 2014 directive to the Department of Labor ("DOL") to update the regulations governing overtime rules. Although DOL has not yet issued the new regulations, it has announced it will continue enforcing current regulations, including increased scrutiny on employers' classification of their employees as exempt from overtime regulations. Read article
Physician taking patient pulse

50 Years of Prioritizing Patient Safety at San Jose’s Good Samaritan Hospital


By Lyn Garrett, VP, Quality Management, Good Samaritan Hospital

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Good Samaritan Hospital. Rather than simply celebrating all of our accomplishments over the years, we are taking this occasion to look forward and renew our focus on delivering compassionate and cutting-edge care that prioritizes the quality of care and experience of each patient we encounter. Read article
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