Caroline J. Berdzik, chair of the Health Care and Employment and Labor practices at Goldberg Segalla, contributed an in-depth exploration of employment law issues confronting senior care operators in an article for In-House Defense Quarterly published by the Defense Research Institute (DRI).
In addition to reviewing the wage and hour vulnerabilities for long-term care operators and the issue of marijuana use by facility employees, Caroline discusses the industry’s frequent use of staffing agencies and the legal impact that can have on providers.
“Errors made by staffing agencies can come back on providers as they will generally be viewed as joint employers. It is important for facilities to scrutinize the contracts they have in place with staffing agencies,” Caroline writes.
In the article, Caroline also provides senior care operators a number of best practices to follow in order to avoid wage and hour litigation, which includes management and staff training, employee communications, policies, and payroll audits.
“Common Employment Law Concerns in the Senior Care Industry and Current Trends,” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Spring 2022
Caroline J. Berdzik, chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor, Health Care, and Long-Term Care groups, devotes her practice to helping businesses, organizations, and management navigate the panoply of employment law issues, from proactive counseling through alternative dispute resolution and trial. She represents companies in diverse industries such as health care, transportation, retail, construction, insurance, and finance, as well as non-profit organizations and educational and religious institutions.