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The HCAOA Weekly is a brief update that will be distributed to HCAOA members each week. This communication complements our quarterly newsletter, The Voice, and will provide a vehicle for ensuring a regular flow of information on a more frequent basis. With ever evolving information in the home care industry, we want to ensure the lines of communication remain open and members have a source for quick, valuable news at their fingertips.
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Join Us For A Webinar Series On Reverse Mortgages!

 
Please mark your calendar for a webinar series on reverse mortgages.  Participants will learn:
  • About housing wealth
  • How reverse mortgage/HECM products can help with retirement costs like long-term care services
  • How providers can best deliver the information to clients and potential clients
Speakers:
Webinar #3: Options for Innovation - Advanced Reverse Mortgage Strategies
Date/Time: December 19, 2018  2:00pm EST
Description: The marketplace for home care is changing rapidly. In this webinar, participants will learn how an orderly drawdown of home equity may offer new ways of meeting both short- and long-term client needs.  In addition, participants will discuss/learn:
  • Sustainable Private Financing: Health Care Employees vs. Gig Economy
  • Reverse Mortgage: The Ultimate Shock Absorber To Manage Risk Early
  • Enhance Home Safety and Suitability with a Reverse Mortgage
  • Resources to Educate Staff, and Clients
Register For This Webinar
 
For detailed descriptions of each webinar, please click HERE.
 
Click HERE to access past webinars in the HCAOA Online Store. 


New York State Issues Proposed Employee Scheduling Regulations

 
The New York State Department of Labor (NY DOL) has filed a revised proposed rulemaking to address "just-in-time," "call-in" or "on-call" scheduling or otherwise called predictive scheduling. Read the text of the revised proposed rule. The full rulemaking package will appear in today’s (December 12, 2018) issue of the State Register, and will be subject to a comment period for 30 days from that publication date.

The NY DOL developed these regulations after conducting four hearings and receiving testimony.

HCAOA issued comments early in 2018 in response to the NY DOL proposed rule published on November 22, 2017 in the New York State Register. The revised proposed regulations are an improvement on the original rules published November 2017. They still, however, would submit employers to significant administrative burdens and potentially significant increases in payroll costs. Please see brief summary below:
  • Continue the current call-in pay practice of paying a minimum of four hours pay for employees who report to work and for whom no work is    available. This would, however, be applied to each shift as opposed to current language regarding each day of work.
  • Unscheduled Shift: Require that employers pay workers who come to work for a shift not scheduled at least 14 days in advance an additional 2 hours of call-in pay
  • Cancelled Shift: Require employers to pay workers who have a shift cancelled less than 14 days in advance at least 2 hours of call-in pay; and for shifts cancelled less than 72 hours prior to the start of that shift an additional 4 hours of call-in pay
  • On-Call: Require an employee who is required by the employer to be available to report to work for any shift shall be paid for at least 4 hours of call-in pay
  • Call for Schedule: Require employers who ask workers to call within 72 hours of the start of the shift to confirm whether to report to work or not to pay an additional 4 hours of call-in pay
HCAOA staff is reviewing the revised proposed rule to determine whether the changes made by the NYDOL in this latest version reflect the original HCAOA comments letter. HCAOA will be reaching out to members in New York on this issue and plans to submit comments in response. To submit a comment on this proposed regulation, please email hearing@labor.ny.gov
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Special Opportunity on Senior Home Safety for HCAOA Members

50% OFF SPECIAL From Age Safe® America

HCAOA is pleased to announce that we have negotiated a very special opportunity for HCAOA members to acquire the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ "PARTICIPATING PROVIDER" designation before it's formal release in 2019!
 
The individual certification course is normally $397.00 per registration. The "PARTICIPATING PROVIDER" Program will allow organizations like yours to empower your entire staff through a group training event for one fee of $1500.00!
 
HCAOA 50% OFF PRE-LAUNCH SPECIAL
 
From now until December 31st, HCAOA Members will receive the "PARTICIPATING PROVIDER" designation for only $750.00 for this important 5-hour training and receive the special designation emblem for your marketing efforts. Show clients and prospective clients that your company is committed to Home Safety, and gain a powerful differentiator in the marketplace!
 
Click HERE to get enrolled today and for further details.
 
The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ has been taken by professionals in all 50 States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Middle East. This comprehensive self-paced audio/video course is the only certification of its kind in the senior services industry. The course empowers professionals with actionable ways to better help educate clients, older adults and their family members on the serious issues of Home Safety, Fall Prevention, Fire Safety, Home Modifications, Mobility and Accessibility Issues, Home and Senior Safety Technologies, Considerations for Alzheimer's and Dementia, Crime Prevention and Senior Financial Exploitation, as well as Communication with Older Adults and Family Members, and of course Performing a Complete Home Safety Assessment.
 
Get enrolled today! Please contact HCAOA@AgeSafeAmerica.com if you have any questions. 
Chapter News

HCAOA Connecticut


Webinar: The 2018 Elections in Connecticut and Their Impact on Home Care Policy

Register Today!
 
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Eastern)
Cost: FREE for members; $40 for non-members
 
Please join Matthew Hallisey, Managing Principal of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs and lobbyist for HCAOA Connecticut, for this webinar reviewing the results of the November 2018 elections for Governor and General Assembly in Connecticut and their impact on home care policy in the state. Mr. Hallisey will analyze the potential effect of the new administration and lawmakers on the political landscape in Hartford and what it means for home care providers at the state level as the start of the 2019 legislative session nears. He will also review some of the key state tax, consumer protection and labor and employment policies and the potential impact on HCAOA’s positions. Participate in this webinar to stay informed about state policy and how it can affect your business and the bottom line.
 


HCAOA Illinois

 

Monthly Meeting


HCAOA Illinois is hosting its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 18. Come network with other Illinois home care providers and find out the latest news in home care.

Date: Tuesday, December 18
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am Central
Location: Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 
Cost:  Free for chapter members
 
Register Today
 


HCAOA Georgia

 

Winter Meeting a Resounding Success


HCAOA Georgia held their winter meeting on Thursday, December 6 at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.  The meeting was extremely well attended, with extra chairs needing to be brought in to accommodate the crowd. Synergy Benefits presented an update on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and any changes the current administration has made to mitigate the impact on employers and individuals. Patrick Cooney, HCAOA Federal lobbyist, attended via phone and delivered up to date information about the legislative landscape in the House and Senate. Mr. Cooney also reviewed the current status of the Companion Care Exemption and the National Labor Relations Board. 

Rusty Paul, HCAOA Georgia Chapter’s lobbyist, provided similar comments as Mr. Cooney, detailing the landscape of the state general assembly.  Mr. Paul and Rep. Jesse Petrea fielded many questions on Georgia’s pending finger print mandate which will be implemented in October 2019. Live scan finger printing will replace the antiquated criminal background check used in private home care for years in Georgia.

Rep. Petrea also reviewed his Workforce Study Committee, which has been meeting over the previous few months to study the healthcare workforce shortage. The mission of Rep. Petrea’s committee is to provide data and analysis to the Governor’s office as to the impact the shortage is having on the delivery of and access to home care in Georgia. 

HCAOA Board of Directors Member-at-Large and legislative chair of the Georgia Chapter, Martin Miller, reviewed the recent changes to HCAOA memberships and encouraged the attending non-members to join the chapter in order to continue to receive valuable information in future chapter meetings. After the meeting adjourned, numerous discussions evolved on topics from electronic visit verification (EVV) to clarification on Medicaid Waiver Program issues. 
Attendees at the HCAOA GA Winter Meeting
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Congressional Update

NLRB Extends Deadline for Comments


The National Labor Relations Board announced another deadline extension to file comments on its proposal to change the board’s standard for determining when multiple companies share joint liability for labor law violations.

The board’s September proposal would define when more than one company is a “joint employer” of a group of workers for purposes of labor law liability. It would also identify which entities are responsible for bargaining with the workers if they join a union.

The 30-day extension will push the due date for comments to Jan. 14, the agency announced Dec. 10. The board had previously granted a 30-day extension when Democratic lawmakers and some of the largest unions in the country requested a 60-day extension.

The extension also comes after a Dec. 7 request by the AFL-CIO for more time to submit its comments.

The NLRB’s proposal carries major implications for workers and businesses and is expected to attract comments from almost all of the heavyweight advocacy groups, law firms, and unions in the labor and employment space. HCAOA is preparing comments to submit on behalf of home care providers.
 


November Jobs Report


On December 7, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the November 2018 Employment Situation report:
 
"President Trump's policies continue to fuel strong and steady job growth. Two full years since the President's election, 4.6 million jobs have been created, including 155,000 in November.”
 
"The unemployment rate of 3.7% in November marked the first time since 1969 that the unemployment rate has not exceeded 3.7% for three straight months. For an astonishing seven months this year, the unemployment rate has been below 4.0%. Last month matched a record low, set earlier this year, for the African-American unemployment rate.”
 
Congressional Corner
In the remaining days of the 115th Congress legislators are working to keep the federal government open for business. House and Senate leaders continue to negotiate with President Donald Trump on the matter.
 
Trump and lawmakers face a December 21st deadline to fund the seven remaining appropriations bills for fiscal 2019.

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