Home Care Legal Updates You Must Know! via LivHOME, Santa Barbara, CA

May 4th, 2016 by admin

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Here are some excellent updates to household employment law sent to us from LivHOME in Santa Barbara, CA. It is essential for your career and for the protection of employers and employees that you understand all the applicable rules governing in-home employment. Enjoy.

Dear Partners,

In an effort to keep you abreast of the recent legal changes in the home care arena and to support your role as a trusted advisor to your clients, LivHOME has summarized some of the changes below.  These issues may impact your client’s risk, financial exposure and decision-making when they are considering care at home and future planning.  Risks to companies and families who are non-compliant to these new laws include potential fines, penalties, and retroactive pay with interest, increased liability and lawsuit potential, and Home Care Organizations subject to lose their license (reference web links below for details).

 

The following is a list of the major changes regarding home care and domestic employment:

  • AB1217 Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act – This CA home care licensure and caregiver registration law became effective January 1, 2016. This requires all Home Care Organizations (HCOs) to become licensed with the state. This also requires all agency caregivers to be registered with CDSS, the CA Dept. of Social Services, after they clear a fingerprint background check and receive specialized initial and ongoing training. Organizations that do not comply with the new law will be penalized by the state. This law does not apply to caregivers employed directly by seniors and their families. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1217

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How to Proofread a Resume – The Muse

March 7th, 2016 by admin

Your resume could be killing your job search and you don’t even know it! Having someone review your information is critical to avoiding mistakes and also understanding how another person “flows” through the content. This article hits a few good points to work with.

Not only is your resume essentially your career summed up on one page, it’s also your ticket to your next awesome opportunity. So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. With that in mind, it probably doesn’t take too much convincing that it’s a good idea to have an extra set of eyes look over it to make sure it’s in tip-top shape before you use it for anything.The question then isn’t so much should you have someone look it over, but what should the person actually be looking for? Typos, definitely, but that’s not all. Here are three other questions to ask your resume reviewer to make sure you’re getting the best feedback possible…

Source: How to Proofread a Resume – The Muse

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How to Answer “Tell Me About a Time You Failed” – The Muse

March 1st, 2016 by admin

Some of the worst mistakes in interviews come from the simplest of questions. If you don’t review and get ready for the most commonly used ones, then you only have yourself to blame.

While not the most common interview question, the failure question—should you get it—is rather perplexing. How do you answer this honestly while also not scaring away your potential future employer by bringing up that time you fat-fingered a trade and lost the company a lot of money?It’s a tricky situation to be in. You want to impress, but you’re explicitly being asked to talk about something you failed at. So, what do you do?First things first, stay calm. Take a deep breath and say something like,

Source: How to Answer “Tell Me About a Time You Failed” – The Muse

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Introducing Butler’s Brand Cleaning Solutions

February 25th, 2016 by admin

BUTLERS BRAND 750X100-WITH BORDERWe are pleased to introduce you to our newest sponsor, Butler’s Brand Cleaning Solutions! We have been using the Universal Cleaner and sprayer in our office and can’t say enough about how great and useful this product is. The company is currently in pre-launch phase and you can score a great deal with introductory pricing. Please click through from the banner or links below and check out this excellent new product line.

“Training and overseeing a cleaning staff can be difficult work. That’s why it’s important to set your team up for success with the best tools for doing their jobs. Butlers Brand Concentrated Cleaning Solutions are butler-tested and butler-approved for effectively cleaning their intended surfaces without causing damage. Nontoxic and pH-neutral, our plant-based Universal Cleaner has been perfected at some of the country’s finest residences. Butlers Brand concentrates extend the life of your purchase, with just one bottle of concentrate refilling a single Butlers Brand reusable atomizer eight times. Our stylish packaging will declutter your broom closet and remove you from the cycle of plastic waste, keeping your home and our planet looking great.”

Butlers Brand will be launching nationwide in the summer of 2016. Until then, we are offering professional households a sneak peak of our Universal Cleaner with a 20% trade discount.

Use code ESTATE JOBS for a 20% discount when ordering the exclusive pre-launch Butler set.

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What You Should and Shouldn’t Do With Your Hands During a Job Interview

February 11th, 2016 by admin

The more tips you can apply, the better your skills and chances are in the job interview. Here’s an article with a video after the link.

There’s more to acing an interview than a good resume and solid answers to their questions. Body language plays a big part as well. If you’re not sure what to do with your hands during a job interview, these tips will help.In this video from the Business Insider YouTube channel, Joe Avella goes over some handy advice from the book Crazy Good Interviewing, by John B. Molidor, Ph.D., and Barbara Parus. When you sit down with your interviewer, do:Show your palms: Revealing your palms evokes truth, honesty, and allegiance.Steeple your fingers: Touching the tips of your fingers together like a politician or Mr. Burns on The Simpsons shows confidence.Don’t:Hide your palms: Laying your hands flat on the table or desk in front of you is a sign of dominance, as if you’re trying to take control of the situation.Conceal your hands: Hiding your hands suggests that, well, you have something to hide. Keep them out of your lap and pockets.Tap your fingers: It shows impatience and it’s distracting.You should also avoid folding your hands in your arms, overdoing hand gestures to emphasize a point (a little is okay), and never play with things on the table. Body language can make or break an interview, so always be aware of how you act and how others might perceive you.

Source: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do With Your Hands During a Job Interview

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Netanyahu’s Wife Abused Household Staff, Court Rules

February 10th, 2016 by admin

We post stories of interest related to the employment of household staff, and this one involves a very public figure on the international scene. We hold no judgement or opinion of the people involved, but do carefully consider how the events unfolded with regard to in-home employment practices. Enjoy…

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara insulted and raged at household staff, creating an abusive working environment at the Israeli prime minister’s official residence, a labor court ruled on Wednesday.

Allegations of mistreatment leveled by Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Jerusalem home, were dismissed by the Prime Minister’s Office as “evil, skewed gossip” when the civil lawsuit was filed in 2014.

But the court, in its 40-page decision, said testimony by Naftali and other former household employees about Mrs Netanyahu’s alleged abusive behavior toward them at the Jerusalem residence was credible.

Sara Netanyahu has elicited a multitude of headlines in the past over what family spokesmen have decried as an undeserved reputation for imperiousness, and it seemed unlikely the latest case could cause significant political damage to her husband, now in his fourth term as Israel’s leader.

An earlier case, in 2010, in which a housekeeper accused her of being abusive, was settled out of court. A spokesman at the prime minister’s office declined immediate comment on the labor court’s verdict.

Naftali, who resigned in 2012 after a 20-month stint at the prime minister’s residence, said he had been subjected to repeated scoldings by Mrs Netanyahu.

In one instance, he said, she had called him at 3 a.m. to chide him for buying milk packaged in a plastic bag rather than in a carton.

Read more via: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/netanyahus-wife-abused-household-staff-court-rules_us_56bb63a4e4b08ffac1236c41

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Florida Keys man accused of importing domestic help from Paraguay via the Bahamas | Crime | KeysNet

January 8th, 2016 by admin

Just FYI – This is NOT the way to hire staff for your home…

Good help is hard to find, or so the saying goes. So a Key Colony Beach couple decided to sail their boat to the Bahamas and import their own domestic servants for their Keys and New York homes, according to federal court papers.Lawrence W. Blessinger and Janet Meadows, who have homes in Key Colony Beach and on Long Island in New York, face federal charges of conspiring to knowingly bring illegal aliens into the United States. According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrest affidavit, Blessinger and Meadows brought three women from the Bahamas to the Key Colony Beach house between 2012 and 2015. All three women were citizens of Paraguay who flew to the Bahamas before being picked up and taken to Florida on Blessinger’s boats.Federal agents arrested Blessinger and Meadows on Nov. 25. They are out of custody after each paying 10 percent of a $250,000 bond.

Source: Florida Keys man accused of importing domestic help from Paraguay via the Bahamas | Crime | KeysNet

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Real-life butlers: What the Mr Carsons of 2015 really do in stately homes

November 23rd, 2015 by admin

Nice little peek at the Butler life…Enjoy.

Exclusive: the Duke of Marlborough’s butler tells Eleanor Doughty why being a butler isn’t quite like Downton Abbey – although it is, just a little bit…

But although waiting on the aristocracy is a niche trade requiring a cocktail of social and practical skills from tapestry management to shoe care, it is by no means a dying industry – as reflected by Blenheim Palace’s butler school, which the household hopes to launch next year.

Stephen Duckett, head butler at Blenheim Palace and right-hand man to Jamie Spencer-Churchill, the 12th Duke of Marlborough, will be heading up the apprenticeship scheme, the first of its kind to be run from one of Britain’s stately homes.

The eight-month course will not only act as a finishing school, teaching etiquette, but will also instruct in proficiencies such as coffee mastery, cookery and the maintenance of fine art. Even dog handling will be covered.

Duckett, 36, knew he wanted to be a butler from an early age. At 17 he wrote to Buckingham Palace – not for a letter from the Queen, but to ask whether butlers still existed. They did and the palace had an opening, and it was there that his career began.

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Video: Winter cleaning at Yorkshire stately home – Yorkshire Post

November 19th, 2015 by admin

Here’s a quick peak at the formal, deep cleaning of an intricate home. Click through for a little video of brush/vacuum technique…

Brodsworth Hall, one of the most spectacular houses in South Yorkshire, is using the quieter time to undertake some much-needed conservation work. Each room will be swathed under ghostly white covers as staff at the Hall clean from the ceilings to the original Victorian carpets.The Hall, built in the 1860s, is run by English Heritage, and sees thousands of visitors every year enjoy its original period furniture rooms and beautiful gardens.But now it will be closed for the winter while the cleaning takes place – although visitors can still visit the grounds.This week, Collection Care Assistants are working in the Morning Room, and next week they will move to the grand Entrance Hall, where the plaster mouldings will all be given a gentle brush to remove dust from the past year.

Source: Video: Winter cleaning at Yorkshire stately home – Yorkshire Post

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Nation’s Biggest Employment Background Screeners Must Pay $13M Over Inaccurate Reports – Consumerist

October 29th, 2015 by admin

Background services are not all equal. Know what is checked and have a representative who can explain the different elements and search process. This is NOT an area to cut corners and take the cheapest provider!

Before offering a prospective employee a job, many companies will first perform a background check. As with credit reports, any inaccuracies in these transcripts can affect an applicant’s eligibility for employment. To that end, federal regulators have ordered two of the country’s largest employment background screening report providers to pay $13 million in penalties and refunds for providing inaccurate information. The Consumer Financial PRotection Bureau announced that General Information Services (GIS) and its affiliate, e-Background-checks.com, Inc. (BGC), will provide $10.5 million in relief to consumers who were negatively affected by the companies’ erroneous reporting.Employers routinely use these background reports – which include criminal history information and civil records – to determine hiring eligibility of applicants and make other types of employment decisionsAccording to the CFPB consent order [PDF], GIS and BGC – which collectively generate and sell more than 10 million reports about job applicants each year – failed to employ reasonable procedures to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in reports provided to potential employers.The CFPB found that GIS did not require employers to provide consumers’ middle names, and neither company had a written policy for researching applicants with common names.

Source: Nation’s Biggest Employment Background Screeners Must Pay $13M Over Inaccurate Reports – Consumerist

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