Lack of Stimulus Bill Could Lead to Rise in COVID-Related Lawsuits

Throughout 2020, there have been a number of new laws and legal trends that could have major impacts on the in-home care industry. In order for providers to be successful in the long run, it’s important to remain abreast of the latest developments. That was the message delivered by Angelo Spinola, an attorney and shareholder […]

DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations, Potentially Sparing Home-Based Care Providers

Originally, home-based care providers were largely exempt from the mandates tied to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), including significant paid sick and family leave for workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Yet in early August, a court ruling by the Southern District of New York found that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had […]

NAHC’s Dombi: COVID-19 Tests Have Limitations, Shouldn’t Be Viewed as ‘Panacea’

Home health operators shouldn’t get overly excited about federal testing support just yet. William A. Dombi — president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group — is cautioning providers to take a measured view of the conversation regarding potential COVID-19 tests being sent to the home health […]

New Court Ruling Creating ‘Tremendous Amount of Confusion’ Over Paid Leave in Home Care

After a Monday ruling regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), many home-based care agencies are no longer considered health care providers, meaning they’ll now be forced to abide by robust federal paid-time-off mandates. “There’s a tremendous amount of confusion [over this], and I think that a lot of providers do not understand what […]

In-Home Care Providers May Face More Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits Moving Forward

In-home care providers may have another legal concern to watch out for during the remainder of 2020 and beyond. At a time when states are seeing widespread protests against police violence toward Black Americans and other people of color, workplace discrimination is increasingly being thrust into the spotlight. With conversations surrounding deep-rooted racial injustice growing […]

What Home-Based Care Agencies Need to Know About OSHA’s New Guidelines

In an effort to ease some of the COVID-19 burden, federal regulators have relaxed certain restrictions on home-based care providers since the Trump administration declared a public health emergency on March 13. But while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies loosen their grip, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

Loopholes in COVID-19 Unemployment Program Threaten to Deplete Home Care Workforce

In the past two weeks, nearly 10 million people have filed for unemployment, pushing the jobless rate “certainly higher than at any point since the Great Depression,” according to the New York Times. These unprecedented times have prompted unprecedented benefits: Thanks to new pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic […]

Home Care Providers Presumably Exempt from New Paid Sick Leave Rules — But Further Clarification Needed

The Department of Labor (DOL) has clarified which health care providers are exempt from new federally mandated paid sick and parental leave rules that were introduced in response to COVID-19. While home health care providers are officially in the clear, many nonmedical home care providers remain uncertain — yet optimistic — about where they stand. […]

Home Care Agencies Seek Exemption Status in Potentially Devastating COVID-19 Relief Law

Home care providers waiting to see how they’ll be affected by new federally mandated paid sick leave policies tied to the COVID-19 emergency will likely have to wait a little longer. On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law, which — broadly — gives workers guaranteed paid […]