|March 27, 2017 | www.fisherphillips.com|
If the goals for the healthcare industry could be distilled to a single word, that word would be “quality.” But the manner in which a provider achieves this varies widely. What works for a large system may not be appropriate for a smaller operation, and the best strategy for an ambulatory surgical center may not be a good fit for a skilled nursing facility.
The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) recently finalized its long-awaited rule that will double the minimum salary for employees to qualify for the overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The impending change will force healthcare employers to conduct a tricky balancing act in determining whether to increase exempt employees’ salaries or convert them to nonexempt status.
In its continuing effort to press employers to accommodate workers under a variety of circumstances, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a Massachusetts hospital over its flu shot policy. The June 2, 2016 lawsuit alleges that Baystate Medical Center violated an employee’s rights by requiring her to either get a flu shot or wear a facemask over her nose and mouth while working.