Florida Congressman Cosponsors Legislation to Preserve Companionship Services Exemption for Home Care

Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns on Tuesday officially became a cosponsor of the Companionship Exemption Protection Act (H.R. 3066), which, if enacted, would preserve the companionship services exemption for minimum wage and overtime pay for home care agencies and nurse registries. Rep. Stearns, a Republican representing North Central Florida, recently attended HCAF’s District III Meeting in Ocala where he made it known he would be the first Florida House member to cosponsor the bill.

The bill was introduced last September by a Nebraska congressman after President Obama and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) made clear their plans to remove the exemption for third-party employers. Rep. Stearns’ support makes him the 21st in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in order for the bill to be seriously considered, at least 150 members of the 435-member House of Representatives will need to sign on. With Florida having 25 House members and just one on board, there is work to be done!

While the DOL sorts out and responds to the more than 26,000 comments it received regarding this proposal, the home care industry must unite and speak up on this critical issue. It’s worth noting that if this bill becomes law, it would supersede the DOL’s actions.

Take Action!

Click here to send an email to your U.S. representative asking him/her to join Congressman Stearns in cosponsoring the Companionship Exemption Protection Act!

Also, it’s important that we show our support for lawmakers who stand up for home care. Click here to send a thank you note to Congressman Stearns to show our appreciation for his leadership and commitment to the home care industry.

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