GAO Report: Home Care Rule Led to Difficulty Accessing Care, Not Higher Pay

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The Home Care Rule, created by the Department of Labor in 2015 to extend wage and overtime provisions to home care workers, resulted in patient difficulty accessing care, the end of some services, and limits on working hours for home care aides, but did not result in higher pay for those workers, according to a […]

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How 3 New Dept of Labor Opinion Letters Can Help Your Agency

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) delivered a series of powerful shields to employers in the home health, hospice and home care industries in the form of three opinion letters.  These letters provide useful guidance on mileage reimbursement, the “salary plus” pay method that serves as an alternative to the “pay per visit” pay method, […]

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Department of Labor Revises Rules for Joint Employer Status

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On January 12, 2020, the Department of Labor announced a final rule to revise and update its regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule provides updated guidance for determining joint employer status when an employee performs work for his or her employer that simultaneously benefits another individual […]

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Department of Labor Rule Extends Overtime to Over a Million Workers

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The United States Department of Labor announced earlier this week a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This final rule will be effective on January 1, 2020. This final rule updates the earning thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees […]

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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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