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

Last year saw a number of changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemptions move forward, although one was ultimately stopped. Providers need to stop and assess their wage and hour compliance efforts in light of last year’s changes. They should evaluate the impact of elimination of the companionship service exemption, which excludes workers providing companionship services to the elderly or disabled from the federal minimum wage and overtime protections.

This webinar by expert speaker Robert Markette will consider issues such as travel time and on-call time in light of the companionship services exemption. Robert 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.

Further, the session will review strategies for addressing travel time, mileage and related issue for home care workers, as well as briefly address per visit pay considerations. Additionally, Robert will guide agencies that planned for the changes to the minimum salary but didn’t get to implement them to the next step.

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

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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 within these industries, Robert has developed a reputation for understanding the issues facing homecare providers.

In representing the homecare industry, Robert has gained assisted clients...   More Info
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