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Research Costs for In-Home Senior Care

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on Sep 30, 2013 3:52:00 AM

More families are considering the possibility of privately hiring senior home care for someone it their family as a way to help their loved ones age in place in a safe and happy environment. This is uncharted territory for most people, and adult children who may have hired nannies to care for their children years ago wonder what they need to consider when hiring senior home care assistance.

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Topics: elder care, homecare, Hiring Elder care, hiring care for seniors

Tips On How To Conduct a Productive Interview

Posted by Vanessa Vidal, FPC on Sep 6, 2013 5:56:00 PM

Special thanks to our guest blogger Anna Gale from CareLinx. CareLinx helps you easily screen, hire and manage quality caregivers who match your specific needs and budget. Save up to 50% on Home Care.

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Topics: elder care, nanny job interview, tips for nanny job interview, homecare

Proposed Changes to FLSA Companionship Exemption Published

Posted by Kathleen Webb on Dec 19, 2011 10:34:00 AM

 The US DOL has proposed a series of rules changes that will result in a substantial number of elder care and home care workers being covered by the Fair Labor Standards Acts' (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections. This continues a trend of increased regulation and enforcement in the area of domestic service employees, with an increasing number of household workers being subject to Wage and Hour protections and enforcement. The proposal more strictly limits and defines the services of a "companion," and states that household employers MUST maintain accurate and contemporaneous time tracking records and pay household staff for every hour on duty. It also states that employees of third party employers such as staffing agencies are not exempt from minimum wage and overtime protections. Public comments will be solicited when the proposal is published in the Federal Register.

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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, elder care, homecare, senior caregivers

Companionship Exemption Under Scrutiny

Posted by Kathy Webb on Oct 24, 2011 7:40:00 AM
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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, elder care, homecare, senior caregivers

US Department of Labor Reviewing "Companionship Care" Definitions

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jul 26, 2011 10:39:00 AM

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as amended in 1974 extended minimum wage and overtime protections to most household workers.

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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, elder care, homecare, senior caregivers

FLSA "Companionship Exemption" Faces Repeal

Posted by Kathy Webb on Jul 5, 2011 12:02:00 PM

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as amended in 1974, offers minimum wage and overtime protections to most household, or domestic, workers. What this means is that nannies, housekeepers, maids and other household employees are all protected under Federal minimum wage provisions, and that come and go (live out) domestics are entitled to the overtime differential (150% of hourly wage) for hours worked over 40 hours in a 7 day work week. A notable exception to this 1974 amendment was live in "companionship care" - companionship care for elderly and disabled individuals to allow them to continue to reside in their home, rather than moving to a residential care setting. This specific class of domestic workers were exempted from both the minimum wage and overtime protections of the FLSA. It is important to note that state legislation in CA, MD, NJ and NY all extend minimum wage and/or overtime protections to domestic workers in their state.

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Topics: companionship services, companionship exemption, elder care, homecare, senior caregivers

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