Workers with an Omaha nursing provider aren't happy about their paychecks being weeks behind.
“I got two bounced checks.” Nurses and aides who make house calls say they’re sick of waiting for paychecks a month overdue. “People looking at us like we're working, but we're working for nothing.”
“I was confused on how a paycheck could bounce and I was told it was me that was responsible for it because I signed the check,” said health care worker Marquitta Ware.
The owner of Primary Home Health Care at 42nd and Center tells Fact Finders the prognosis is promising for employees back pay. “Definitely, payment is not an issue, getting paid, it’s when,” said Primary owner Jeanine Blan. “To mislead or withhold funds from my staff was never, ever any plan.”
Blan says cancer treatment affected her ability to manage and billing for nursing services fell into disarray causing cash flow problems. “We do work with Medicare, Medicaid and if those bills are not done correctly we don't get reimbursed.”
Blan and her attorney confirmed for Fact Finders the IRS put a one-time levy on the company bank account to pay unpaid taxes. Several staff have stopped making in-home visits to clients with nursing needs. Others continue, not knowing when they'll be paid for the care they give.
“We have people who are sick that need care,” said health care worker Keasha Blake. A month’s worth of unpaid wages has blood pressure rising for both nurses and their boss. But Blake says there's a buyer for the company and Primary Home Health Care believes it should have a strong financial pulse in a few weeks.
After calls from Fact Finders, the Department of Labor is sending an investigator to the Primary Home Health Care office. The health care provider owes about a dozen employees back pay.