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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nation’s Biggest Assisted Living Chain Agrees to Pay $2.2 Million to Settle Claims of Cheating on Wages

Wages in workers' compensation claims determine rates pf payment. The higher the wage usually, the higher the benefit payment. Today's post was shared by FairWarning and comes from

Workers who care for frail seniors win settlement from Emeritus Senior Living. The chain, the country’s largest assisted living company, agreed to pay up to $2.2 million to settle claims that it routinely underpaid workers at dozens of California operations.

Hands-on workers at Emeritus centers – non-salaried aides and support staffers who provide care and clean — alleged in a suit that the company had not only shortchanged them in their pay, but also violated state laws on mandated meal times and rest periods.

Workers were denied overtime and not properly compensated for days when they had training, the suit charged. Despite settling, Emeritus disputed the allegations, saying its nearly 500 U.S. sites pay workers properly. ProPublica

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.