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NAHC Report: Issue# 2527, 10/14/2014
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Department of Labor Announces 6 Month Non-Enforcement of Overtime Rule Changes: “No Real Relief”

The US Department of Labor (DoL) issued a “policy action” on October 9, 2014 that announced a 6-month postponement of any enforcement of the changes to the minimum wage and overtime rules affecting the “companionship services” and “live-in domestic services” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  DoL also indicated that between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 it would exercise discretion in enforcing the rule changes depending on whether the employer was working towards compliance in good faith.

However, “the Department’s policy Action provides no real relief,” states William A. Dombi, Vice President for Law at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “The action leaves open the risk that private enforcement will occur since the Department maintains the January 1, 2015 effective date of the rule changes,” he added. The DoL Policy Action only affects direct enforcement of the overtime rules by the Department itself. Private enforcement of overtime rights after January 1 is unaffected.

NAHC notes that private litigants, supported by law firms specializing in class action employment rights lawsuits, have been targeting home care companies to enforce existing overtime compensation rights under federal and state law. The rule changes open a significant additional category of workers who will have minimum wage and overtime rights beginning in 2015. “Home care companies should not be misled by the Department’s action. The delay of governmental enforcement may only be a trap for the unwary, leaving companies exposed to compensation liabilities,” Dombi said. NAHC recommends that home care companies plan to comply with the rule changes by January 1 or adjust business practices to avoid overtime compensation obligations.

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Countdown to the Midterm Elections: 20 Days and Counting
With the Midterm elections right around the corner, home care and hospice advocates are encouraged to ramp-up their outreach and advocacy efforts

In just 20 days – on November 4 - the Midterm elections will be held and will determine the make-up of both chambers of Congress. 33 Senate seats and the entire House of Representitives is standing for election this cycle. At stake is the control of the United States Senate, and the size of the GOP majority in the House. The Midterm elections will inevidably shake-up of the Congressional committees that work on issues that are important to the home care and hospice community.

NAHC members have a rare and important opportunity to engage with their House and Senate candidates and ask questions that could affect the entire home care and hospice community once the new Congress is sworn in.

NAHC is urging home care and hospice advocates to contact those who are running for Congress back in the state and districts over the election recess to raise home care and hospice concerns and ask for support.

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Power Paws Assistance Dogs
Demonstrations by Assistance Dogs — Frasier, Faye, and Sheldon at NAHC’s Annual Meeting, Wednesday, October 22, General Session

Meet and interact with Arizona Power Paws assistance dogs as they demonstrate what they can do. These highly skilled dogs help disabled adults and children to achieve greater independence and carry out Power Paws mission to be a community resource. Power Paws main programs focus on people with mobility impairments, such as paraplegics and quadriplegics. They also train diabetic alert dogs to identify and alert patients to high or low glucose levels and partner with them in managing their condition. Hearing ear dogs serve as the ears for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and alert their person to sounds, such as phones ringing, knocks at doors, and fire alarms.

Additionally, assistance dogs have the skills to do other important tasks: turning light switches on and off, opening and closing doors, retrieving items that have been dropped, and above all providing companionship and love. That’s why Power Paws dogs also play an integral role in animal-assisted therapy to improve social, emotional, and cognitive functions. Watch puppy love in action as you see how Power Paws assistance dogs can empower the disabled.

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To register for the Annual Meeting, click here.

Registered Nurses and Hospice Staff

Renown Health, based in Reno, Nevada, is looking for experienced, supportive Registered Nurses and hospice staff.

In keeping with our commitment to providing compassionate and continuum care at every stage of life, we are opening Renown’s first-ever hospice program and we're looking for experienced RNs and hospice staff with at least two years of prior hospice experience.

Renown Health is northern Nevada’s largest integrated health network and a nationally recognized healthcare leader. Based in Reno, Renown serves a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. The Reno-Tahoe region holds a range of lifestyle options that spans from downtown Reno to the shores of Lake Tahoe. With over 300 days of sunshine annually, it’s easy to understand why so many people choose to explore the natural beauty of our region. Experience as much or as little as you want as you thrive in our small-town feel and friendliness and all the financial benefits that come from a state with no state income tax.

Learn more at: or contact Anne Larson, Recruiter, at 775-982-6306. EEO/M/F/V/D


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