Federal Judge Stops Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant has sided with plaintiffs in the case who complained that the new overtime rules would have caused an uptick in government costs in their states and made it mandatory for businesses to pay millions in additional salaries. Business groups said the new rule changes would have eventually led to layoffs.
Yet did the complaints argue the facts of the law - or simply that it would cost business owners more money, while rightly reimbursing workers for overtime hours?
The measure, set to take effect Dec. 1, was intended to send a jolt to slow-growing U.S. incomes. The Labor Department's wide ranging overhaul to the overtime rule required employers to pay time-and-a-half to their employees who worked more than 40 hours in a given week and earned less than $47,476 a year.
Supporters of the rule called it "long overdue" as inflation took its toll on overtime protection.
A great many professional caregivers may have benefit from the rule, affecting the “manager” or even “part time” status of some which often required working overtime for no additional pay.
Some business groups who were plaintiffs in the case said the new rule changes would have eventually led to layoffs.
However The Department of Labor issued the following statement regarding federal court's preliminary injunction.
"We strongly disagree with the decision by the court, which has the effect of delaying a fair day's pay for a long day's work for millions of hardworking Americans. The department's overtime rule is the result of a comprehensive, inclusive rulemaking process, and we remain confident in the legality of all aspects of the rule. We are currently considering all of our legal options."
Please return to this website in the coming days for updates on this important subject.
Federal judge blocks Obama Administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some four million Americans!
In March 2014, President Obama directed Labor Secretary Tom Perez to modernize overtime protections. A federal judge Tuesday blocked implementation of the new rule set to go into effect December 1st.
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant rules to block benefit to millions of workers!
One week before new rule kicks in, Judge Mazzant snatches benefit from workers like a dog stealing the turkey from the Thanksgiving table!
How will the new FLSA laws affect the cost of Assisted Living and Senior Care Homes?
According to the official government website for the act, it will have an impact.
“Hospitals and other institutions “primarily engaged in the care of the sick, the aged, or the mentally ill” are covered employers under the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act). Special rules (8 and 80 Overtime System) apply to the payment of overtime to employees of hospitals and residential care establishments, such as nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with disabilities.” – United States Department of Labor, DOL website - italics ours
The overtime laws are sometimes referred to by employers and the DOL as - The “Eight and Eighty” (8 and 80) Overtime System. According to the government, many Assisted Living facilities will need to be certain to heed the updated law if they were not in the past, or face penalties.
The reality is many Assisted Living facilities will be paying more overtime to comply with the updated law. Others will try to increase staff working less than full time/overtime to try to keep costs down. Many times this can result in greater turn over of employees, thus another source of increased cost, as it can be expensive to train and integrate a new employee.
In the end, the monthly and yearly cost of Assisted Living and Senior Care Home living may very well go up. How much remains to be seen.
If you are concerned about this for existing seniors, or if you are starting to search for Senior Home living, the best thing you can do is use a source like Senior Home Search to find the homes and facilities operating in your area and to contact them directly to ask for information.
Senior Home Search is one of the leading Senior Home and Assisted Living websites that give you Direct Contact Information – not an “800” number to a sales person. Using this website you can get information such as:
- Direct contact Phone Numbers to the homes.
- Contact and Information forms that are delivered directly to the home owners.
- Email addresses of the homes you see
- Detailed information about the home including number of beds, services provided and amenities.
- Photos of the home and its rooms
- Maps and Directions directly to each home
These are just a few of the reasons why you should be using Senior Home Search to find how the new labor laws will affect the cost of Assisted Living near you.
For Assisted Living and Senior Care Home operators, a good source of information is at the U.S. Department of Labor website. One page provides an FLSA Overtime Calculator Advisor section.
Is your state providing money to help pay for caregivers, and you don’t know about it?
A Pennsylvania state program that provides services and benefits to primary caregivers assisting the elderly is not being used as widely as it could, according to state Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.
The program reimburses caregivers for certain out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum $500 a month and provides one-time grants up to $2,000 for home modifications such as ramps, grab bars and chair lifts. The allowed expenses also include respite care, supplies, support services and transportation.
The Pennsylvania FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM Act (62 P. S. 3061- 3068 ) , states in part:
CAREGIVER PARTICIPATION - Eligibility for Program benefits.
The services and benefits of the Program are available to the primary caregiver of a functionally dependent older adult relative, or other adult relative suffering from a chronic dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease, who lives in the same residence and whose household income does not exceed 380% of the poverty level…, to reimburse caregivers for expenses directly related to the provision of care.
The caregiver program is part of an effort by the department to help seniors remain in their homes rather than resorting to more expensive care in a nursing home. However it seems that state caregivers are not taking advantage of the program as much as is to be expected. The issues being explored as to why are whether caregivers face barriers to enrolling, how need assessments are done and how to partner with the United Way and other organizations to promote the program.
The Pennsylvania aging department’s budget provides $12 million in state lottery funds for the program. An additional $10 million comes to Pennsylvania through a companion program at the federal level.
PAL Caregivers helps you stay informed on programs for caregivers, such as the one in Pennsylvania, as this type of funding benefits seniors and should not go unused.
View and download a PDF of the “The Pennsylvania FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM Act” Here
Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Ageing Here