ASHHRA recognizes that health care human resources will not be immune to the inevitable change from the COVID-19 pandemic. With feedback from ASHHRA members and questions collected from the ASHHRA Exchange online community, ASHHRA collaborated with the attorneys from Littler to discuss the long term effects COVID-19 will have on health care HR.
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ASHHRA members play an important role as an information source to the organizations and communities they serve. We are thinking of you during these unprecedented times.
Ensuring the safety and well-being of our health care workforce is a key priority for our nation’s hospitals and health systems. In addition to a national shortage of protective equipment (PPE) there are also workforce shortage issues related to COVID-19. AHA is expanding our 100 Million Mask Challenge to support the state, regional and metro hospital associations as they assist hospitals both locally and across their states to address growing workforce shortages.
The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe remains a significant concern in the workplace. Health care employers, especially those operating in a hospital setting, are confronting difficult questions regarding how to handle labor/ management relations, leave and accommodation, safety and health, and other employment issues. Littler Mendelson prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and accompanying sample forms and policies, designed to help address some of the more common questions that healthcare employers currently face. This information was last updated on March 27, 2020, and is intended to provide a highly summarized, quick-referenced list of considerations for healthcare-sector employers – THIS IS NOT INTENDED AS, AND IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCED LEGAL ADVICE.
April 1, 2020: The agency adopts an inclusive definition of “health care providers” for purposes of possible exemption from the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions in FFCRA
Emergency declaration waivers related to flexibility on treatment location and telehealth, the physician self-referral law, workforce and administrative activities.
A Special Message for Health Care HR and Operational Leaders: It is imperative that we consider thinking differently about certain policies, procedures and guidelines. Under no circumstances should we change policies that are critical to keeping staff, patients and communities safe. Here are some areas we should review in light of current circumstances.