October 2011  

To Pay or Not To Pay... That Is The Question!

 yes/no

I employ a technician that sometimes needs to come in on Sundays to help me with hospitalized cases or emergencies and this is not her regular work schedule.  She is a salaried employee and a registered technician.  Do I need to pay my technician overtime on Sunday if her hours exceed 40 hours per week?

 

What do you think?  Click Yes or No

 

Answer to follow in next month's newsletter!

'On-Call' - 'Engaged to Wait' or 'Waiting to be Engaged?'

 
How should you compensate non-exempt employees for 'on-call' time?  Do you know the difference between 'waiting to be engaged' and 'engaged to wait' as defined by the Department of Labor Hours and Wage Division ("DOL")?  According to the DOL regulations an 'on-call' employee who is required to remain on the employer's premises or so close in proximity that he/she cannot use the time effectively for his/her own purposes is working while 'on call.'  Hmm, do you think there is a pay issue that needs attention?  Your practice must take care in administering 'on-call' time to avoid wage and hour compliance issues.

Practical Guidance for the Effective Response

by Veterinarians to Suspected Animal

Cruelty, Abuse and Neglect

 

Veterinarians often face difficult situations in their practices, including treating animals with conditions of suspected neglect, maltreatment, cruelty, and similar abuse.  Phil Akrow and the AVMA prepared and published these materials with the objective to help small and large-animal practioner and their staffs to develop policies and protocols that establish procedures for effective responses when animal maltreatment is encountered.

 

(Click here to read full article)

Ten Years Later...

 dogs

Immediately following the chaos from the attacks of 9/11, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.  Now, ten years later, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled 'Retrieved'.  The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency services workers and members of the public.  Traveling across nine states in the US from Texas to Maryland, Photographer Charlotte Dumas, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.

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