Senate Bill Seeks to Create New Home-Based Care Delivery Systems, Boost Caregiver Wages

In an effort to address the growing demand for home care services and worsening labor crunch, one U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill that could help providers raise wages for their caregivers. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced S. 3277 — the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Infrastructure Improvement Act — into the U.S. Senate on […]

‘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, […]

Home Care Workers Sue for Reimbursement of Union Fees in Wake of Janus

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the landmark Janus v. AFSCME case is beginning to have ripple effects throughout the home care industry. Last month, the United State’s highest court ruled 5-4 that public employees do not have to pay union fees to help cover the costs of collective bargaining by union groups on […]

How Home Care Paved the Way for SCOTUS’ Janus Ruling

After much anticipation, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Wednesday issued its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, ruling along party lines that public employees do not have to pay union fees to help cover the costs of collective bargaining. A previous ruling related to home care workers in Illinois helped pave the way. […]

Judge: States Can Limit Home Care Workers’ Choice of Union

States do have the authority to compel home care workers to be represented by a particular union, a federal judge recently ruled, in a case related to a landmark 2014 Supreme Court decision over union payments. That earlier case concerned child care and personal assistant home care workers in Illinois, who argued that they should […]