Alden Must Pay Foreign Nurses Equally

The Seventh Circuit recently ruled that Alden Management Services, which operates seven nursing homes in or near Chicago, is required to back pay 119 foreign nurses. The decision was premised on the Immigration Nursing Relief Act of 1989, which allowed facilities to secure visas for foreign nurses. However, the Act requires the facility pay foreign nurses the same amount as registered nurses who are U.S. citizens. Alden violated this provision. The fear with underpaying nurses is that this will result in an equivalent drop in the standard of care. As a result, the court decided to require Alden to pay back the entire difference from since its first use of foreign nurses.

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