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DOH Extends Deadline for Fiscal Intermediary Authorization Application to Dec. 15

Notice of Extension. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has extended the deadline from November 30 to close of business on December 15, 2017 for currently operating Fiscal Intermediaries under the Consumer Directed...more

CDPAP Fiscal Intermediaries Must File an Application for Authorization With DOH or Cease Operations

On November 1, 2017, the NYS DOH issued its "Application for Fiscal Intermediary Authorization" and implementation guidelines. Significantly, DOH imposed a very short timeframe, stating: "As of November 1, 2017, all existing...more

Applying the WPA to CDPAP -How Do You Do It?

HOW you do things, it is said, is as important as WHAT you do. Operating a Fiscal Intermediary ("FI") under New York's Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program ("CDPAP") epitomizes this. Do you know the difference between...more

The 2nd Department Rejects NYSDOL's "13 Hours Rule" For 24-Hour Shift Workers

Last week, in two long-awaited decisions, the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department ruled that home care workers who worked 24-hour shifts, commonly referred to as “live-in” shifts, were required to be paid for...more

Appellate Court Nixes Employee Arbitration Agreements

By Decision dated July 19, 2017 (the “Decision”), the Appellate Division, First Department (the “First Department”) (which has jurisdiction over Manhattan and Bronx) held that arbitration agreements obligating employees to...more

24-Hour Home Care Workers Must Be Paid For All 24 Hours (Appellate Division, First Department, New York Supreme Court)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the First Department, Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court held that 24-hour case home care workers must be paid for all 24 hours if they are “nonresidential,” that is, they do not exclusively...more

Participating in New York's CDPAP Is Necessary to Maintain Your Caseload

Radio, newspaper, and subway ads are driving Medicaid home care clients and home care workers to abandon traditional home care agency programs for the greater flexibility and freedom of choice of New York’s Consumer Directed...more

FLSA Conditional Certification Denied in NYS for 5,000 Home Care Workers

In a case with far reaching implications, Cowell v. Utopia Home Care, Inc., 2:14-cv-00736-LDW-SIL, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke of the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long island) ruled that...more

Individuals, Families, and Households and Those Who Jointly Employ Home Care Workers With Them are All Liable for Unpaid Overtime

Claims by home care workers for unpaid overtime have risen steadily since the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2015, eliminated the federal overtime exemptions that allowed agency employers essentially to pay no overtime wage...more

Home Care Professionals Series Part 1 – NYS Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights

As most home care agencies know, the United States Department of Labor ("USDOL") eliminated the companionship exemption for home care agency workers on October 13, 2015 in its Final Rule on the Application of the FLSA to...more

DOH Reverses Position on Overtime Pay Under The Wage Parity Act

On November 2, 2015, the NYS Department of Health ("DOH") issued important notices affecting the wage and overtime obligations of New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester County home care agencies....more

24-Hour Shift Cases: Now Far Too Costly To Service?

Last week, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit against Chinese–American Planning Council Home Attendant Program, Inc., brought for unpaid wages, overtime, and failing to pay...more

DOL's Final Rule Upheld By D.C. Court Of Appeals

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled today that the US Department of Labor's ("DOL") Final Rule on the Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service (the "Final Rule") is valid, because it is "grounded in a...more

U.S. District Court Blocks U.S. DOL's New Definition of Companionship Services Under FLSA

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a Temporary Restraining Order ("TRO") blocking the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") from enforcing the new definition of Companionship Services in its Final Rule...more

Can Your Agency Afford to Employ "Sleep-Ins"?

Under the U.S. Department of Labor's Final Rule on Domestic Service, ("DOL Final Rule") effective January 1, 2015, home care agencies can no longer claim the companionship exemption. As a result, managed care companies may be...more

NYC Paid Sick Time Law Effective Today, April 1, 2014

Executive Summary: The New York City Earned Sick Time Act ("the Act") went into effect on April 1, 2014. The Act requires employers with at least five employees who work at least 80 hours per year in NYC to provide all such...more

NYC Paid Sick Time Law Amended To Cover Employers With As Few As Five Employees

On February 26, 2014, the New York City Council passed an amended version of the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. This amended version, effective April 1, 2014, requires that companies with as few as five employees provide...more

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U.S. DOL's Final Rule Limiting Domestic Services Imposes Heavy Burden On Household Direct Hires

Individuals and families who for years have directly employed domestic workers to care for elderly or ill family members will see their labor costs increase dramatically beginning January 1, 2015. Under the U.S. DOL's Final...more

Companionship Exemption For Agency Employed Home Care Workers Ends Effective January 1, 2015

On September 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-delayed Final Rule revising its regulations to eliminate the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) companionship exemption for agency-employed direct care...more

Healthcare Industry Legal Alert: The Companionship Exemption For Agency Employed Home Care Workers May End As Early As This Month....

It has been reported that the Department of Labor (DOL) will issue a rule this month revising its regulations to eliminate the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) companionship exemption for agency-employed home care workers. ...more

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