Federally Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Would ‘Add Fuel to the Fire’ for In-Home Care Providers

As the national concern over COVID-19 — the coronavirus — continues to grow, U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require all employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. If passed, the bills would likely place a bigger squeeze on the country’s home-based care providers, which often operate on razor-thin profit margins. On Friday, […]

‘Gotcha Cases,’ Unionization Threats and Caregiver-Rights Laws: In-Home Care Legal Trends for 2020

In 2019, home care providers in California went to legal battle against legislation triggering the public disclosure of caregivers’ contact information. Home care providers in Connecticut, New York and Chicago, meanwhile, fought heated contests against predictive-scheduling regulations. These were just some of the legal trends that shaped the in-home care space last year. In 2020, […]

HIPAA Compliance, Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Emerging as Key Home Care Legal Issues

In order to avoid costly legal issues, in-home care providers need to stay on top of the constantly evolving legislation landscape. A major part of this is being proactive and getting in front of compliance before it becomes an issue, according to Angelo Spinola, attorney and shareholder at San Francisco-based legal firm Littler Mendelson. “The […]

Bill That Could Increase Home Health Labor Costs Signed into Law

A labor bill that widens the scope of who is considered an employee in one state has been signed into law. California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the legislation Wednesday — potentially creating problems for some home health and hospice providers there going forward. “It will definitely have implications for [home-based] care,” National Association […]

New Law Could Increase Home Health, Hospice Labor Costs 30%

Lawmakers in one state recently passed a labor bill that could be damaging to the bottom lines of many home health and hospice agencies there. California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) passed in the Senate Wednesday and is headed to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign the proposed legislation into […]

Outcry Continues Over Law Allowing Caregivers to Poach Home Care Clients

Home care providers and legislators in one state are voicing concerns about recent legislation that would allow caregivers to poach clients from home care agencies without being penalized. The provision was recently written into the Connecticut state budget. It bans noncompete contracts and similar agreements in “homemaker, companion or home health services.” In other words, […]

Legislation Would Allow Caregivers to Poach Home Care Agencies’ Clients

Home care agencies in one state could soon lose the right to prevent caregivers from poaching their clients, a move opponents worry would devastate providers. A provision recently added to the Connecticut state budget bans noncompete contracts and similar agreements in “homemaker, companion or home health services.” If passed, the legislation would remove home care […]

Fair Scheduling Trend Could Spell Trouble for At-Home Care Providers

In recent years and months, rising minimum wage has been top of mind for home-based care providers, adding another level of difficulty to attracting and retaining workers. But fair scheduling legislation that’s gaining steam in cities and states across the country could soon take center stage — and potentially make matters worse. Fair scheduling legislation […]

How to Protect Against Home Care Clients, Caregivers Cutting Out Agencies

Shortly after Jocelyn Mayo founded Pampering Plus, a Pennsylvania-based company that provides medical and nonmedical at-home services, a caregiver and private-pay client struck a deal to continue working together while cutting the agency out of the picture. Luckily, buyout agreements previously made with both parties helped Mayo recoup some of her losses. “[The client] paid […]

The Top Trends in Home Care for 2019

In many ways, 2018 was a coming of age for the home care industry, as it steadily became recognized as a key part of the overall continuum of care due to its ability to keep older adults safely at home and out of the hospital. Among the biggest changes to home care in 2018: the […]