Legal Issues For Medical Staffing Agencies

Medical staffing agencies basic premise is to find qualified staff and link them to hospitals. Dealing with what hospitals need and want often places staffing company’s in a position that can lead to having issues with human resource and legal issues. Be aware of the laws that exist and how those laws affect your particular State and how those laws are administered by local and state regulatory bodies within your specific niche. You must adhere to such things as what benefits are being given, how you classify your staff and what taxes must be paid.

Classify Your Staff Correctly

It is a common practice in the field of staffing to classify employees as independent contractors. One main reason for this is due to the many requirements set forth by different states, those requirements often places staffing agencies at a financial disadvantage having to pay workers more and having to be responsible for taxes owed to States based on how your employees are classified. The Government is also aware that this classification is a “Red Flag” for them, especially being that self-employed staff according to the Government are less likely to report.

Follow the law

It may be tempting to classify your staff as exempt therefore not having to pay them overtime. This may be a direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Therefore, correctly classifying your staff and paying them for the overtime they work is a critical part of following the labor laws.

Do Not Discriminate

You agency is not exempt from having to follow the different regulations and laws that deal directly with who you hire and how you hire them, It is no different than any other business. Just like any other business, you cannot discriminate based on gender, age or race. Other regulations you must comply with are the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Further, looking at other possible regulatory bodies to look at is OSHA standards related to the job. Your agency and the staff you hire can be eligible for unemployment compensation and you must comply with these laws as a staffing agency.

Your agency really must look at all aspects of what is being offered, what documents are being signed, how to deal with disciplining staff and how to fire staff. You need to make sure your contracts are analyzed and protect you and your business in the event you are sued. Do not ignore the need to cover your basis when starting or growing your business. You may already have a business, but the legal aspects of running an agency cannot be ignored and must be dealt with and updated continually.

Violation of employment laws can be daunting if not correctly dealt with agreements, hours worked and proper payment. Your staff is the lifeblood of your organization, treating them equally and equitable is the right thing to do, but also protecting your business from legal issues is your responsibility. Always consult an attorney for any legal issues related to employment law.

 

Points to Consider When Choosing Legal Representation for a DUI

If you are facing drunk driving charges, you are facing a serious matter and there is a lot at stake. Because of this you are probably going to want to consult with a DUI attorney. An attorney can help you navigate through the complexities of the legal system, lighten the load and get charges reduced depending on the circumstances. When choosing an attorney however, there are several things you need to consider.

Consider an Attorney’s Experience

When it comes to attorneys, just like other professions, they aren’t all the same. Some have been in the business of defending clients for many years longer than other attorneys. – And this can make all of the difference. An experienced attorney might be able to provide you with advice on other options for the penalties you may face.

Select an Attorney with a Proven Track Record

You will always want to find a DUI attorney with a proven track record. – And checking on this is easier than you may think. There are plenty of websites online that have customer and client reviews of many different products and services including lawyers. So just by doing a few simple searches online, you can have a good idea of what you should expect from certain attorneys. It goes without saying, you always want to go with an attorney that has a four or five-star rating.

Choose a Private Attorney over a Public Defender

Anyone facing charges that can’t afford legal representation can always be represented by the public defender. However, many people will argue that hiring a private attorney is a much better idea. – And there are several reasons why.

First, a private attorney will have a much lighter caseload than that of a public defender. For this reason, a private attorney will be more easily accessible than a public defender who may take days to call you back if you have questions.

Secondly, a private attorney can handle your legal matters and your DMV matters, whereas a public defender will only handle the legal matters associated with your case. As we all know, dealing with the DMV on any level can be a major headache.

Also, private DUI lawyers specialize in the laws associated with drunk driving and might have better insight about possible options for your case.

Get a Free Consultation from a DUI Attorney

The nice thing is that most DUI attorneys offer free consultations to evaluate your case and help you decide how to proceed. You can even consult with a couple off DUI attorneys before hiring one. Whatever you do, if you are facing DUI charges, make sure you get legal representation.

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3 Legal Tips for Teaching Kids How to Drive

The American culture is full of all kinds of family traditions that are handed down from generation to generation. Sunday dinners, family reunions, summer camps, and secrete recipes are some of the most time-honored customs practiced around the country; but one of the most influential and memorable American customs is teaching your teenagers how to drive.

Unfortunately, letting your teenager get behind the wheel of a car may be illegal under certain circumstances, even if it’s just a few innocent laps in an empty parking lot. In fact, many parents and guardians are breaking the law when they first allow their child to drive, all the while, unaware that they are putting themselves at risk of being charged criminally. If your child is still too young, not legally permitted, and uninsured, you could face criminal charges if you allow them to drive.

So before you decide to teach your teenager how to drive, be sure you have all the information you need to stay legal while doing it. After all, it is a time that should be thoroughly enjoyed, and a memory that should be revered. Continue reading to learn 3 tips that will help you make your moment permissible under law.

1. Obtain Legal Driving Certification

If you are teaching your child how to drive before they take a drivers’ education course, be sure to get them legally licensed to drive. Under a certain age, a teenager can receive their Learners’ Permit, which allows them to legally drive as long as there is a licensed adult who is at least 25 years old (varies depending on state) in the vehicle with them at all times. The age limit and requirements for obtaining a learners’ permit varies from state to state. Check with your local DMV for information specific to your city of residence.

For example, In Indiana:

  • 15 year olds who are enrolled in a drivers’ education program can obtain a learner’s permit;
  • 16 year olds who are NOT enrolled in a drivers’ education program can obtain a learner’s permit;
  • Teenagers who are 16 years and 90 days old, and have completed a drivers’ education program, can obtain a probationary drivers’ license;
  • Teenagers who are 16 years and 270 days old, and have NOT completed a drivers’ education program, can obtain a probationary drivers’ license;
  • An 18 year-old can obtain a full unrestricted driver’s license.

Source: Indiana DMV

2. Get Insurance Coverage

After your teenager is permitted to driver under law, you still need to obtain proper insurance coverage through a valid automotive insurance provider. The policy must be active for it to be legal. Although many states do not require coverage during the learners’ permit phase, it is mandatory everywhere once a provisional license is obtained. Check with your local DMV for specific insurance requirements in your state.

3. Get Your Traffic Laws Straight

The driving laws have changed quite a bit since you learned how to drive, most likely anyway. So before you begin teaching your young one how to drive, be sure to brush up on the current traffic laws. Not only have traffic laws changed, but restrictions for certain types of driving licenses have too. Know all of this information so that you do not pass on inaccurate driving knowledge to your teen driver.