Must-Read News: Overtime Rule Invalidated

Happy Tuesday, Home Health Care News readers, and welcome back from your long weekend. Catch up on all things home health and home care with our must-read news roundup—keep reading for our top stories from last week.

Just before the long weekend, A federal judge in Texas scrapped a controversial Obama-era wage rule that would have extended overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule, which likely didn’t pose a significant threat to the home health care industry, was met with challenges from multiple states and was put on pause at the end of 2016. The rule would have guaranteed overtime pay to salaried workers making $47,476 per year, or $913 per week, or less, and impacted an estimated 4.2 million salaried workers. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant cited the new salary threshold as too high, reuters reported.

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After days of torrential downpours, Texas is finally recovering from Hurricane Harvey, which dropped more than 50 inches of rain on the Houston area. Hundreds of thousands of residents were displaced by unprecedented flooding, and several images of seniors in flood waters went viral on social media. Fortunately, assisted living seniors pictured in wheelchairs in chest deep water were rescued, and followup images show the residents—and their cat, Bozo—safe and warm in another facility.

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We covered what Addus Homecare (Nasdaq: ADUS) and Bayada Home Health Care are doing to meet the rising demand of Hispanic clients, and how they’re keeping up by recruiting Spanish-speaking caregivers.

Written by Amy Baxter

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When not writing about all things home health, Amy fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a pirate by sailing in regattas and enjoying rum. Fun fact: she sailed 333 miles across Lake Michigan in the Chicago Yacht Club "Race to Mackinac."