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2021 CONTRACT Enhancements

Scheduled improvements outlined below

With the New Year comes new contract improvements, some of which are already in force, and a new weekend differential beginning July 1, 2021. Provided below are the contract provisions activated this year. If you have any questions about these new benefits or any other contract-related questions, do not hesitate to contact your local chapter for assistance.

Effective immediately, except in emergency cases, the Mandated Overtime limits in Article 5.1 were reduced from five to four times per month (Excluding DDS STAR Homes). Download flier.

COVID-19 related ATO expired 12/31/20

What options do I have?

As you may already know, the COVID-19 related leave provisions afforded to employees through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired December 31, 2020. Although California moved to exempt Psych Techs and other essential healthcare personnel from the leave benefit, CAPT was successful in convincing the state to deliver an alternative extended paid leave benefit in the form of Administrative Time Off for BU 18 employees. As a result, Psych Techs were eligible to receive up to 14 calendar days of ATO if they could not work due to a COVID-19 related quarantine. The leave program’s duration was tied to the expiration of the FFCRA and is, therefore, no longer active. Neither CalHR nor the Governor’s Office has offered to extend the program. Download flier.

State has duty to keep workers safe; Facial hair compromises protective seal on respiratory masks

Yes, our employer has the legal duty and obligation to require essential staff to wear a securely fitted surgical N95 mask for our safety and protection and for those around us. A tight face-to-respirator seal provides greater protection from airborne hazards, in this case, the coronavirus. Studies have shown that any amount of facial hair within the seal area can compromise the seal. Download flier.

BVNPT EO welcomes 2021, discusses changes and gives important reminders

From the BVNPT:

With the increased work that our LVNs and PTs are seeing with the pandemic, I wanted to reach out to everyone.

First, thank you for the hard work you do every day. The team at BVNPT appreciates the LVNs and PTs who use their licenses to help others.

Due to the hectic pace of this year, I want to also remind everyone of a few things to ensure no one has late fees or allows their licenses to lapse. Please take a moment to:

Ensure your contact information is updated, including a correct mailing address and an email. We want to keep you informed of the latest news and issues, and with your email we can reach you much faster than having to mail a letter. Please remember that BVNPT can and will issue a citation if you do not keep your mailing address up to date.

  • Ensure you have an understanding of your scope of practice and call us if you have any questions. The Board recently posted a precedential decision on our website about an LVN’s scope of practice concerning her conduct in relation to her operation and performance of treatments at a skin care salon and related medical spa. The LVN administered Botox, Juvederm, and Kybella injections; performed platelet rich plasma therapy and vitamin drips when she was not certified; performed skin growth removal procedures; and injected glutathione: all procedures which were beyond her scope of practice.
  • Ensure that you do not let your Continuing Education (CE) lapse during this pandemic. There are many online ways to take trainings that count toward your required CEs. Download flier.
Publication Corrections: Nov/Dec 2020 Outreach

In the article “Coronavirus Memorial: BU 18 loses two members to COVID-19,” on page 5, paragraph 5, line 2, Mike Simental was incorrectly referred to as the "Chapter President." Mike Simental is the Vice President of the Porterville Chapter.

In the article “Masks with valves do not slow the spread of COVID,” on page 22, paragraph 5, line 6, the Inauguration Day date was incorrectly given as "Jan. 1, 2021." The actual Inauguration Day is on Jan. 20, 2021.