ASHHRA collaborated with the attorneys from Littler to discuss the long term effects COVID-19 will have on health care HR. This episode discusses leveraging staff across the industry to care for COVID-19 patients. Topics ranged from sharing staff between sister organizations, reallocating staff within a facility, bringing in travelers and staff from other parts of the country and how organized labor contracts were applicable needed to be modified for the sake of the patients.
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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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[HR Pulse Article] By Jeremy Sadlier The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing hospitals to think innovatively and act quickly to ensure and maintain the staffing levels required to combat it. As the number of patients surges, long hours, skyrocketing stress and staff infection/exposure rates are just a few of the factors taking a dramatic toll on frontline clinicians as well as other hospital employees.
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.