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Overtime Implementation – The Caregiver’s Perspective

Caregivers in the home care industry are now eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. This change in the Wage & Hour rules came into effect on October 13th and the Department of Labor (DOL) is ramping up enforcement in these early days of the new rule. My last blog post examined the implementation of overtime pay from the business perspective of owners in the home care industry. This week, let’s consider what the change means for the caregivers. Although changes are afoot, they are not translating in larger pay checks for most caregivers. …

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Implementing Overtime – Business Perspective Of Home Care Providers

Home care providers are now on the hook for overtime pay for caregivers working over 40 hours a week. This change in the Wage & Hour rules had been in the works since 2013. Despite several judicial appeals, it came into effect on October 13th. So a month on, it’s time to examine how overtime pay is affecting business for home care agencies. Around the country, providers need to figure out : Whether overtime pay significantly impacts their business model, How to handle the additional labor cost, When to communicate the cost increase to their clients.  Reality of overtime cost not …

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What Time Is It In Homecare ? It’s Overtime Pay For Caregivers

The new pay requirements for caregivers kicked in last week, on October 13th. – Have you  adjusted your payroll? – Do you know how much overtime pay will really cost? – How much time do your caregivers spend travelling from one client to the next? – Does your caregiver handbook reflect the new pay practices? Like most agency directors, you have started working on overtime pay for caregivers and found it confusing. “Where do I start? It’s overwhelming,” my clients are saying to me. You don’t have much time to figure this out. Actually, it’s already here! You know you need to run some numbers but you are …

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Highlights From The VA Personal Care Provider Conference

 If you did not attend the Fall Conference of the Virginia Personal Care Providers, you missed out on interesting presentations and a great opportunity for networking. I attended as a vendor. Thank you to all who stopped by my booth and greeted me! One of my personal favorite for this conference was the keynote presentation by Steve “The Hurricane” Weiss. Steve was a very successful homecare administrator who now works as marketing guru specializing in private duty care home care. His presentation yesterday focused on the 5 pillars of a successful referral programs. He generates a lot of energy and buzz …

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Helping Homecare Agencies Implement Overtime

Did you know that homecare employers will soon have to pay overtime? Are you ready for this? Two dates to remember: 1.The overtime rule will take effect on October 13, 2. The Department of Labor will begin enforcement on November 12.   This means 5 weeks for homecare agencies to prepare for the change. I can help you get ready for this big change across your industry. Do you understand what the overtime rule means for your business?  I work with many homecare agencies like yours on compliance issues. Together with the Agency director, we work on developing solutions that make sense for their business while complying with the legislation. …

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Overtime exemption reinstated for homecare workers

The long awaited decision from the Federal Appeals Court came out yesterday, Friday 21st August. The 3-judge panel’s decision makes way for the end of overtime exemption in the homecare industry. Home care workers were exempt from overtime pay since the mid-1970s. This decision might only be a step in a longer legal challenge between the home care industry and the Obama administration. No word yet on when this decision will have to be implemented by home care agencies so stay tuned!  

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2015 Brings Good News to Employers in the Home Care Industry

The new year has already brought its share of excitement to employers in the home care industry and it could be summarized by “net zero”, but what a ride is was! To understand what happened to the home care industry, we need to go back a few years. In 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the overtime exempt for home care workers would disappear come January 1, 2015. It also created a new definition of companion caregiver. These pronouncements clearly put the home care industry in a difficult position and threatened its business model. So a number of …

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Federal Court Stays Effective Date Of DOL’s Home Care Rule

Federal Court Stays Effective Date Of DOL’s Home Care Rule On January 2, a District of Columbia federal court today issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) preventing the rule from taking effect on January 1, 2015 that would have drastically narrowed the “companionship services” exemption from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule was challenged by a coalition of associations representing home care providers. The lawsuit argued that the DOL had exceeded its authority under the FLSA, which specifically exempts companionship and live-in employees from overtime requirements in order to maintain the affordability of home care …

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Breaking news – The DOL announces delayed enforcement of the Homecare Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) on October 4 2014 announced that it will delay bringing enforcement actions against homecare employers who violate the new minimum wage and overtime requirements imposed by the homecare regulations as of January 1, 2015. This is a delay in enforcement, not a revocation of the FLSA requirements for homecare workers. This means a 6-month reprieve during which the DOL will not bring enforcement actions against violators of the new rules (minimum wage and overtime). The following 6 months to December 31, 2015, the DOL will “exercise prosecutorial discretion” taking into consideration the extent to which …