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National Nurses United and the affiliated California Nurses Association say they've won the rights to unionize nurses at Kaiser Permanente's flagship hospital in Los Angeles, months after it called for a strike at the hospital despite not representing its nurses.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association is pushing a state bill that would mandate plans to protect employees from workplace violence. This follows the fatal shooting of a doctor at a Boston hospital this year and an increased focus on healthcare workplace violence at the federal and state levels.
Daughters of Charity Health System, the six-hospital organization that has been struggling to stay solvent, last week entered into a deal with private equity firm BlueMountain Capital Management that will provide a $250 million capital injection.
The U.S. Labor Department is warning companies not to misclassify some workers as independent contractors instead of full-fledged employees. Experts say healthcare companies need to make sure their employment practices are in compliance.
Later this year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will issue its first report measuring hospital productivity. It won't be good news.
Medicaid managed-care provider Centene Corp. is buying insurer Health Net in a $6.8 billion cash and stock deal.
Ambulatory services added 22,600 jobs in June didn't create as many jobs as it did the past two months, according to the latest federal data. The industry as a whole added about 16% fewer jobs last month than in April and May, but healthcare job growth this year is still outpacing 2014.
The home-care sector is keeping an eye out for an expected move by the White House to make up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay. Some say it could benefit fee-based employees while others believe it could cause employers to scale back on hiring specialized workers.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case asking it to limit the power of public unions to collect fees from nonmembers. The case could threaten the finances and membership efforts of unions that represent healthcare workers at publicly owned providers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that it will crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't covered by formal rules.
Tufts Health Plan, a Watertown, Mass.-based health insurer with more than 1 million members, announced last week that it will pay all its employees at least $15 an hour, retroactive to May 24. That's $6 an hour above Massachusetts' minimum wage.