Home Care Legal Updates You Must Know! via LivHOME, Santa Barbara, CA

May 4th, 2016 by admin

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Here are some excellent updates to household employment law sent to us from LivHOME in Santa Barbara, CA. It is essential for your career and for the protection of employers and employees that you understand all the applicable rules governing in-home employment. Enjoy.

Dear Partners,

In an effort to keep you abreast of the recent legal changes in the home care arena and to support your role as a trusted advisor to your clients, LivHOME has summarized some of the changes below.  These issues may impact your client’s risk, financial exposure and decision-making when they are considering care at home and future planning.  Risks to companies and families who are non-compliant to these new laws include potential fines, penalties, and retroactive pay with interest, increased liability and lawsuit potential, and Home Care Organizations subject to lose their license (reference web links below for details).

 

The following is a list of the major changes regarding home care and domestic employment:

  • AB1217 Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act – This CA home care licensure and caregiver registration law became effective January 1, 2016. This requires all Home Care Organizations (HCOs) to become licensed with the state. This also requires all agency caregivers to be registered with CDSS, the CA Dept. of Social Services, after they clear a fingerprint background check and receive specialized initial and ongoing training. Organizations that do not comply with the new law will be penalized by the state. This law does not apply to caregivers employed directly by seniors and their families. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1217

As you can see, the home care industry has changed markedly in the past several years and there is no end in sight.  The minimum wage laws alone are very complex as federal, state and community laws are changing so frequently.   LivHOME continues to be your leader in this field.  Our model of Care Management-led care is vital in helping families and professionals navigate these changes and providing a plan of care which encompasses the changing landscapes and cost increases.  Although LivHOME does not attempt to interpret the laws, we rely on attorneys in this field to educate and explain these very complex laws and their inherent risks to us. We can guide you and your clients toward safe decision making. Our role is to stand by the clients we are privileged to serve.

Jessica Solomon
Care Consultant

LivHOME, Inc.

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