Category: Private Duty

HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Immigration Freeze Part 2

Last week we began discussing the Trump Administration’s immigration freeze and what that means for employers with Jacob M. Monty, managing partner and founder of Monty & Ramirez LLP. We discussed furloughs and layoffs affecting the status of foreign national workers, details about the freeze itself, and more. This week we finish that talk and […]

Businesses beginning to reopen, but not all workers ready to go back

Some states are loosening restrictions and allowing at least some businesses to reopen. But as anxious as people are to resume their pre-COVID-19 lives, some employees are hesitant to go back. Matthew H. Parker, an attorney with Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP in Providence, Rhode Island, sees three reasons for the hesitancy: (1) a fear […]

Liability on the minds of employers, lawmakers as businesses reopen

As some states begin to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, employers are eager to get back to business but also worried about potential legal liability triggered by the virus. Drafts of legislation have begun to make the rounds in the U.S. Senate to provide a shield for employers against what Senate […]

New rule answers key questions from employers on COVID-19 relief

A temporary rule issued April 1 provides answers to at least some questions employers have regarding relief offered through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) — a measure that provides both paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule, which will be in effect […]

Make it easier for referral sources to make appropriate referrals

Home care agencies are not immune to the risks to business continuity brought on by COVID-19. Agencies are experiencing decreases in census, hours and revenue and are beginning to lay off staff or severely cut back hours. In a recent poll of more than 100 home care agency representatives, only 1% reported that referrals are […]

States to decide stimulus bill’s effect on unemployment taxes

The COVID-19 pandemic that has sent the nation’s unemployment rate soaring may eventually—at least in some cases—affect employers’ unemployment insurance tax rates. Just who will be affected, though, remains an open question. With businesses shutting down or significantly curtailing operations, Congress responded with the $2 trillion stimulus bill dubbed the CARES Act, which was signed […]

Look into village opportunities for seniors and private duty agencies

The goal of helping seniors age in place is consistent with the mission of many private duty agencies and presents an opportunity for partnership. The village Osborne Home Care in Rye, N.Y. is a part of has looked at valued merchants and businesses to create a vetted list of services and providers in the area. Agencies […]

Federal agencies relax rules, delay deadlines because of the coronavirus

The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruptions throughout society, and government agencies aren’t immune from the need to make changes to normal practices. Employees testing positive for the virus have brought about agency branch office closures, essential government workers have been directed to work from home, and others not able to work from home find themselves […]

Successfully Evaluate and Select Your EVV Vendor

By: Navin Gupta, VP, Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty, MatrixCare On January 1, 2020, new federal requirements for Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) went into effect. EVV systems, according to the mandate, must electronically verify: the type of service performed, the individual receiving the service, the date of the service, the location of service delivery, […]

Use village strategy to help seniors stay independent, simultaneously get referrals

Getting involved with the village movement may be an untapped opportunity for private duty agencies. Working with villages has resulted in a steady stream of referrals for Osborne Home Care in Rye, N.Y. About 10% of the agency’s referrals come from villages, estimates Michele Thomas, executive vice president of Osborne Home Care in Rye, N.Y. […]