Tag: private duty

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. […]

NLRB’s New ‘Durable’ Rule Restores Old Definition of Joint Employment

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) long-awaited final rule on joint employment sets an employer-friendly tone as it returns to an old standard on what constitutes joint employment under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Board issued its final rule on February 26, and it is to be effective April 27. The Board also released a fact […]

Homecare for Seniors Act introduced, would allow tax-exempt distributions from HSAs for qualified home care

A recently proposed bill would allow tax-exempt distributions from health savings accounts (HSAs) to be used for qualified home care. The Homecare for Seniors Act was introduced in the Senate on Feb. 10. It specifies that under qualified home care a contract would offer three or more services for the service recipient, according to the bill. Services […]

Coronavirus fears at work: What employers need to know to stay protected

News reports of deaths and illnesses from the rapidly spreading coronavirus get scarier every day. Millions of people are being quarantined. Foreign companies and governments are evacuating their people from hard-hit areas of China where the virus got its start. And even employees who don’t travel for work are getting anxious about traveling coworkers who […]

Hourly workers do not understand the difference between W-2 and 1099 classifications

Late last year, California passed Assembly Bill 5—otherwise known as AB5—that makes it harder to classify workers as independent contractors. The new law, which is currently on hold pending on the outcomes of several lawsuits filed by California businesses, would move some gig workers to employees and entitle them to benefits like sick leave, unemployment benefits, overtime pay, and […]

NLRB reverts to old standard on employee use of employer email systems

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to allow employers more leeway in restricting the use of their email and other communications systems for union organizing is just the latest decision reversing standards set by the Obama-era Board. On Dec. 17, the Board released a decision in the Caesars Entertainment Corporation d/b/a Rio All-Suites Hotel and […]

Home care roles among best jobs without a college degree

Home care positions were among the top five best jobs without a college degree, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Home health aide topped the list based on a mix of factors including salary, job market, future growth, stress level and work life balance. The position currently has a median salary […]

New rule clarifies how perks affect overtime rate calculations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new final rule covering how benefits affect employees’ regular rate of pay provides clarity for employers that offer the innovative benefits packages that have become popular in recent years. The new final rule, announced December 12, clarifies which perks must be included and which ones can be excluded when […]

Improve your agency’s Facebook and social media strategy to obtain more referrals

Set goals and objectives for the use of Facebook and create strong content to reap the benefits of increasing referrals, networking opportunities and becoming an influencer in the community. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a presence on Facebook,” says Jason Lewallen, vice president of marketing for Home Care Sales in […]