Posted on: February 20, 2016 by Manchester Specialty
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in February released a detailed breakdown of workplace discrimination cases the agency received in 2015. According to the EEOC, it secured more than $525 million for victims of discrimination in private sector and state and local government workplaces through mediation and litigation. The five top charges in the nearly 90,000 cases the agency resolved were allegations of retaliation (44.5% of all charges filed) and discrimination based on race (34.7%), disability (30.2%), sexual harassment (29. 5%) and age (22.5%).
What does all this mean to home health care organizations? With the EEOC’s proactive approach to addressing allegations of discrimination and a new labor ruling issued last year which opens the door to wage-and-hour disputes by caregivers, it’s critical that home health care organizations have a robust, comprehensive employment practices loss prevention and HR Compliance program in place to mitigate the potential for workplace lawsuits. This program should include but is not limited to the following:
Employment Practices and Loss Prevention
There are many other must-do HR Compliance measures, some of which we will be discussing in future articles including the importance of an employee handbook, state requirements for conducting background checks, the need to properly classify employees and how the new DOL ruling on joint employee issues impacts home health care franchisors and franchisees, among others. Our focus at Manchester Specialty Programs is in the home health care industry, providing a suite of insurance and risk management products to help organizations protect their people, clients, property and assets. Among the policies we offer is Employment Practices Liability Insurance, which covers workplace-related allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other issues. To learn more about our insurance programs for the home health care industry, please contact us at 855.972.9399.
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