Wage and Hour 2017: Impact of Companionship Services Exemption on Home Health

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Thu, Feb 23, 2017
60 minutes
Product Description

Companionship Service Exemptions and its Impact on Homecare


Within the last year, a number of changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemptions moved forward, except for one. In light of last year’s changes, providers must assess their wage and hour compliance efforts and especially evaluate the impact of the elimination of the companionship service exemption. This exemption excludes workers providing companionship services to the elderly or disabled from the federal minimum wage and overtime protections.

Join this webinar by expert speaker, Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC, to discuss the changes in home health wage and hour in light of the companionship services exemption. Robert will review strategies for addressing travel time, mileage, on-call time and related issues for home care workers, as well as briefly address per visit pay considerations.

He will also discuss the court order stopping the salary changes from going into effect and how it affects providers, as well as steps they should take going forward. Additionally, Robert will provide instruction for agencies that planned for the changes to the minimum salary but didn’t get to implement them.

Session Highlights

  • The status of companionship services after year one
  • The next step in light of the unaltered salary basis of payment
  • Tracking hours accurately for home health aides and others who are now non-exempt
  • Changes and updates for on-call time
  • Preparing for potential future changes to the salary basis of payment

Session Agenda:

  • Components of the FLSA – Workweek, hours worked, regular rate, and exempt vs. non-exempt
  • The latest changes and updates to companionship services
  • Compensation conditions for time spent in meetings, conferences and trainings, and on-call
  • Scenarios where compensation rules for employee traveling time present a challenge:
    • One-day assignments in another city
    • Overnight travel
  • Overview of companionship enforcement activities
  • Strategies for companionship compliance

Who should attend

  • Owners
  • Managers
  • HR professionals
  • Administrators

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Robert W. Markette - Home Care Expert

For more than a decade, Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC, has focused his practice on representing home health, hospice, private duty and DME providers in all aspects of their operations. With more than a decade of experience in working with these industries, Robert has developed a reputation for understanding the operational, compliance and legal/regulatory issues facing homecare providers.

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