House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Blueprint for FY2020

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Last week the House of Representatives approved legislation that provides discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, H.R. 2740 would dole out a combined $192 billion for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education, and their related agencies. Every year in the appropriations process specific funding levels need to […]

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House of Reps Contingent Seeks OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

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In late February 2019, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and several other members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309). The Education and Labor Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the legislation on February 27. As of this writing H.R. 1309 has […]

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3 Federal Departments Endorse Site-Neutral Payment, Lifting Regulations

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The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury endorsed site-neutral payment and lifting three regulations that limit competition in health care in a new report issued on December 3, 2018. The report, Reforming America’s Healthcare System through Choice and Competition, is in response to an executive order from President Donald Trump calling for […]

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Department of Labor Rules on when Workers from Home Care Registries are Employees

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This story from July 19, 2018 has been updated to include a correction. A memo from the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to field staff states that a registry that merely refers caregivers to clients, but controls no terms or conditions of the caregiver’s employment to be outside the purview of the […]

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Department of Labor Rules on when Workers from Home Care Registries are Employees

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A memo from the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to field staff states that a registry that merely refers caregivers to clients, but controls no terms or conditions of the caregiver’s employment to be outside the purview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Home care registries typically match elderly and […]

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A new sheriff in town, to home care’s dismay

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There is no question that President Biden, from his politics to his style of governing, marks a major departure from his predecessor. At least one field, home care, is likely somewhat nostalgic for the previous administration. Let’s be honest. In terms of pay and employment issues, the current president has not exactly been a friend […]

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Misclassification Concerns in Staffing Relationships

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By: Angelo Spinola Employers utilizing staffing agencies should be on high alert given the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) recent investigations targeting these arrangements. Specifically, the DOL has been actively investigating businesses that contract with certain types of staffing agencies that rely on placing 1099 independent contractors for labor. Due to unprecedentedly tight labor markets, employers increasingly […]

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Misclassification Concerns in Staffing Relationships

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By: Angelo Spinola Employers utilizing staffing agencies should be on high alert given the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) recent investigations targeting these arrangements. Specifically, the DOL has been actively investigating businesses that contract with certain types of staffing agencies that rely on placing 1099 independent contractors for labor. Due to unprecedentedly tight labor markets, employers increasingly […]

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