SEIU: Home Care Jobs Bill Should Come Early in Clinton Presidency

Home care workers have been part of the dialogue throughout the 2016 presidential election, with U.S. Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton proposing tax reforms to support caregivers and Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump releasing a health plan that largely ignores impact on the home health care industry. Now, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) vows to […]

Home Health Care Workers Win $16 Hourly Wage

The Fight for $15 may be just the beginning. About 34,000 state-contracted home health caregivers in Washington state have fought for a wage of $16 per hour, and won. Specifically, by the time their contract expires in 2019, the average wage for state-contracted caregivers will exceed $16 per hour. The newly negotiated contract also doubles […]

Home Care Workers Gain More Protection Under State Law

Home health care workers have been granted federal overtime and minimum wage protections since last year, but one Midwest state has recently brought these workers under state protections with a new law, as well. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed into law The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, giving state minimum wage and basic […]

Business Briefs: SimplyHome Receives $200,000 For New Tech Platform

SimplyHome Receives $200,000 Grant for New Platform SimplyHome, LLC, a player in the field of customized assistive technology, announced their receipt of a $200,000 specially adapted housing assist technology (SAHAT) grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The grant will be used to develop a new platform meant to simplify the user experience of voice commands […]

Home Care Overtime Restriction Ruling Suspended

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has suspended a policy that restricted overtime hours for home care workers in the state just before an industry union prepared to file a class action lawsuit challenging the policy. The Illinois Department of Human Services implemented the overtime restriction in May, mandating that home care workers in Illinois’ Home Services […]

Veto Denies Home Care Workers Wage Hike

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure last week that would have increased the hourly wage for home care workers to $15 over the next four years. The veto comes at a time when multiple states are undertaking legislation to boost wage levels for home health care workers. The bill would have increased home health care […]

Illinois Home Health Faces Budget ‘Armageddon’

Amid an Illinois budget stalemate that has lasted months and resulted in tens of millions of dollars owed to health care providers, some lawmakers and union representatives claim home health agencies face a budget “Armageddon.” “Armageddon is here,” Terri Harkin, vice president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, told a Chicago CBS News affiliate. “This is not […]

Home Care Wage Battle Heats Up in California

Home care workers in the nation’s most populous state will receive overtime pay in early 2016 — and, if a proposed ballot initiative succeeds, a $15-per-hour minimum wage. The California Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced that the state will start paying overtime wages to home health workers on Feb. 1, 2016. More than 500,000 […]

Business Briefs: New Sentara CEO, Almost Family Completes Acquisition

Sentara Healthcare Announces CEO Stepping Down Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system in Virginia and North Carolina, announced CEO David L. Bernd will be stepping down to retire after 21 years of leading the company. Howard P. Kern, who has served as president and chief operating officer, will assume the role of CEO in […]