CBS | EMTs Are Quitting Their Jobs

From CBS News | “Emergency medical technicians are quitting their jobs — COVID-19 makes it too dangerous

Rather than expose himself to a stream of infected patients in Queens, Baer opted to retire last month, ending his career at least a full year earlier than he’d planned. That disqualified him from collecting his full pension, and Baer estimates he gave up between $2,000 and $4,000 a year in retirement benefits — a decision he doesn’t regret.

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Final Rule for ACA Section 1557

On June 12, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited final rule which significantly changes several of the anti-discrimination provisions of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.  The final rule, which is a departure from the agency’s previous interpretation of the rules…

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EEOC Guidance on COVID-19 Antibody Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance yesterday titled, What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws yesterday.  The updated guidance addresses employers who wish to require employees to have a COVID-19 antibody tests prior to re-entering the workplace.  The guidance consists of seventeen pages…

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USSC Upholds Equal Protection for Victims of Sex-Based Discrimination

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that settles the greatly contested issue of whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s protection against discrimination on the basis of sex, includes sexual orientation and gender identity.  The ruling stems from three cases, Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, Barstock v. Clayton County, Georgia, in which the plaintiffs were terminated following their employer learning that each were gay, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where the plaintiff was terminated after she informed her employer that she was going to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

The decision, which was written by Judge Gorsuch essentially states that one cannot discriminate against an individual on the basis of their being gay or transgender and not offend Title VII’s prohibition on sex-based discrimination.  This ruling settles years of contradictory administrative interpretations and enforcement of sex-based discrimination under Title VII.  While most states have settled this issue by enacting state-level prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, this definitively ensures the protections of entire classes of individuals who were previously unprotected by the law.

Employer are encouraged to revisit all policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that they are compliant with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.  As always, members are encouraged to contact the American Ambulance Association to obtain compliance assistance.

Nominate Your Rising Leaders! 40 Under 40 Due Jan 31

The American Ambulance Association is seeking nominations for its inaugural Mobile Healthcare 40 Under 40! This is your opportunity to recognize exceptional rising leaders as the future of EMS.

Nomination Instructions

To submit a nomination, please complete the form below. Nominations are due January 31, 2020. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered.

Timeline

Nominations are due January 31, 2020. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. Honorees will be selected by the AAA Membership Committee and announced in February 2020.

Selection Process & Criteria

Honorees will be selected based ONLY on the information provided in their nomination form. Nominees should have contributed to their organization, state ambulance association, AAA, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession in an extraordinary way beyond faithful completion of job duties. Please be sure to include detail about the nominee’s impact to date and future promise.

Please note that nominees must be under 41 on December 31, 2020 (meaning that they cannot turn 41 in 2020). No specific job role or title is required for consideration.

Recognition

Honorees will be recognized on the American Ambulance Association’s website and social media platforms. Winners will also receive complimentary registration to the 2020 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada November 2–4.

Thank you for helping AAA recognize the young leaders of EMS!

July Brings Legal Changes for Employers in Many States

Oregon Statewide Transit Tax Important notice to ambulance service employers based in the state of Oregon: there is a new statewide transit tax taking effect on July 1, 2018. Beginning July 1st, employers must start withholding a tax of 1/10th of 1% from the wages of Oregon residents or from non-residents who perform services in…

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Build Your Future with a Career in EMS

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects career opportunities for EMTs and Paramedics to grow another 15 percent by 2026, far outpacing most other professions… With EMS agencies hungry for skilled providers, there has never been a better time to chart your career path in mobile healthcare.

This week, an editorial from AAA President Mark Postma was featured in a special Media Planet section on healthcare careers. Read the full article►

SHRM: 65% of EEOC Cases Resolved Without Cause

If you ask most healthcare attorneys the best way for healthcare providers to avoid being sued is to listen to their patient, communicate clearly, and most importantly, be nice. The same can be said for employment related legal actions.  In a great article released by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), suggests that over 65% of the cases filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) were found to be resolved without “reasonable cause”. Just like with the provision of healthcare, employers can often avoid time consuming and costly employment litigation by making sure that the leadership and management team communicates clearly to employees about performance expectations, listens to employee concerns or feedback, and possibly most importantly, treats their employees nicely regardless of the message they are delivering. The employment relationship is just like any other human relationship. Those where there is mutual respect and appreciation yield the richest experience.

How to Stand Out Using Low-Cost Recruitment, Retention Strategies

Scrolling through Facebook, I regularly notice EMS providers seeking feedback from friends and colleagues. Someone will post, “Hey, I’m moving to this city. Does anybody know some good ambulance services that are hiring?” Plenty of people will respond, “This is a pretty good place.” Others share warnings such as, “Don’t work for Provider X.” Word…

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HR Wrap-Up: A Look Back at 2016

As we wind up 2016 I thought it would be a good idea to review the year’s human resource and legal developments to ensure that our members are compliant and prepared for what faces them in 2017.  We knew that this was going to be an interesting year as we experienced the most unusual Presidential…

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Older USCIS E-Verify Records to Be Deleted

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be deleting records from the E-Verify system that are ten years old or older.  For employers who have been using the E-Verify system since 2006, you may wish to download and archive any records before the end of this year.  These records could be useful for an employer…

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Video: Employee Feedback Tears & Fears

American Ambulance Association’s human resources expert, Scott Moore, delves into strategies for managing unprofessional responses to the feedback you provide your employees. A must-watch for supervisory and management staff of all levels!

Have a question for Scott? AAA members, submit your requests today via our HR & Operations Consultation form!

New I9 Form Must Be Used By January 22

On November 14, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised I9 Employment Eligibility Verification form. Ambulance services (and all other employers) must implement the new version of the form by January 22, 2017. The updated form is easier to complete on a computer, and includes clarified instructions and extra space for…

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ACA Section 1557: Final Rule Published that Affect Healthcare Providers

This past July, the AAA advised our members about new Section 1557 Non-Discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacting ambulance providers that became effective on July 18, 2016.  On May 13, 2016, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the Final Rule aimed at improving access to care and eliminating discrimination…

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Coming soon for AAA members: Employee Background Screening

Attention AAA members! The American Ambulance Association is teaming up with Sterling Backcheck, the country’s largest and best-respected employee background screening company. AAA members receive deeply discounted pricing, as all background checks for AAA members are treated as one “client.”

Contact Peter.Mulherin@sterlingbackcheck.com for a fast free evaluation today!

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Performance Reviews, Feedback from the Court

One of the hottest debates in Human Resources is the efficacy or usefulness performing Annual Performance Evaluations on employees. For the most part, many employees feel that the process is not a true reflection of their performance. At many companies Performance Evaluations are months behind and when they are finally done, little effort is committed…

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HUD Program Gives 50% Mortgage Discounts to EMTs & Paramedics

Are you familiar with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Good Neighbor Next Door program? Please share this with your medics, if you haven’t already.

Good Neighbor Next Door

Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. HUD offers a substantial incentive in the form of a discount of 50% from the list price of the home. In return you must commit to live in the property for 36 months as your sole residence.

How the Program Works

Eligible Single Family homes located in revitalization areas are listed exclusively for sale through the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales program. Properties are available for purchase through the program for seven days.

How to Participate in Good Neighbor Next Door

Check the listings for your state. Follow the instructions to submit your interest in purchasing a specific home. If more than one person submits an offer on a single home a selection will be made by random lottery. You must meet the requirements for a law enforcement officer, teacher, firefighter or emergency medical technician and comply with HUD’s regulations for the program.

HUD requires that you sign a second mortgage and note for the discount amount. No interest or payments are required on this “silent second” provided that you fulfill the three-year occupancy requirement.The number of properties available is limited and the list of available properties changes weekly.

To learn more, please see our Good Neighbor Sales Frequently Asked Questions!

Lee Ann Pond, Rob Lawrence

Podcast: Word on the Street Previews AAA 2015

This week, Word on the Street podcaster Rob Lawrence previews the American Ambulance Association Annual Conference & Tradeshow over at EMS World.

Thanks to Rob for the great discussion featuring AAA’s senior vice president of government affairs, Tristan North, Lee Ann Pond, chief administrative officer of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), and Dan Fellows, RAA fleet manager.

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Already registered for #ambucon15? Don’t miss Lee Ann’s session, Staff Retention and Leadership Development, onsite at AAA 2015!

Not yet signed up? It’s not too late to join us at Annual November 1–3 in Las Vegas. Learn more.