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Companionship Services Exemption - Effective November 12, 2015

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October 15, 2015

Companionship Services Exemption - Effective November 12, 2015

CHANGE IS COMING!  Every fall the weather starts changing, and we get to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors of the season.  Well, another change is coming this November. Home health care companies, including Fedelta, have historically paid their caregivers who were on a live-in assignment, a flat daily rate.  Effective November 12, 2015, the way you are paid for live-in shifts will be changing.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the department that establishes wage standards and oversees compliance of how workers are paid through the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), reversed a rule called the “Companionship Services Exemption”. The Companionship Services Exemption meant that caregivers on live-in assignment were exempt from the minimum wage and overtime rules applied to hourly workers.

This new change means that caregivers on live-in assignment will see the way they are paid change from a flat daily rate to an hourly rate, and will no longer be exempt from minimum wage or overtime rules.

For a 24-hour live-in shift, you will be allowed to work 16 hours per day with a required 5-hour uninterrupted sleep break, as well as 3 hours of break time during the shift. In the event your client requires more than 16 hours of care during the 24-hour live-in shift, you will be paid an additional hourly rate for your services.

We appreciate your commitment to our clients and your profession and thank you for everything that you do.

If you have any questions about this change please call your Care Manager or the Care Coordination Supervisor at 206-362-2366.