Posts Tagged ‘Hilda Solis’

NPR: Health Care Aides Await Labor Decision On Minimum Wage

February 4, 2013

Home health care aides are waiting to find out if they will be entitled to receive minimum wage. A decades-old amendment in labor law means that the workers, approximately 2.5 million people, do not always receive minimum wage or overtime.

The Obama administration has yet to formally approve revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would change that classification.

On Dec. 15, 2011, Obama announced the proposal, and then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis offered her support for the revisions in the Labor Department’s blog:

“This new rule would ensure that these hardworking professionals who provide valuable services to American families would receive the protections of minimum wage and overtime pay that nearly every employee in the United States already receives under the FLSA.”

The guidelines would affect a growing industry (revenues for home health care services nearly doubled to $55 billion between 2001 and 2009, according to the U.S. Census). (more…)

Obama Administration Moves Forward to Implement Health Care Law

November 21, 2012

The Obama administration moved forward to implement provisions in the health care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness.

“The Affordable Care Act is building a health insurance market that works for consumers,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Thanks to the health care law, no one will be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition.”

“The Affordable Care Act recognizes that well-run, equitable workplace wellness programs allow workers to access services that can help them and their families lead healthier lives,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Employers, too, can benefit from reduced costs associated with a healthier workforce.”

The Obama administration issued: (more…)

HCAF Meets with Obama Administration Officials to Discuss Home Care Issues

March 30, 2012

The White House Community Partnership Summit in Orlando

HCAF Government Affairs Director Kyle Simon met today with Obama Administration officials at the White House Community Partnership Summit in Orlando to discuss industry issues on behalf of Florida home care agencies and nurse registries. The Summit marked the fourth of 10 being held in cities across the country where community leaders work together alongside Administration officials to discuss the nation’s most pressing challenges and find partnership opportunities between the public and the government.

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Reps. Posey and Deutch Stress Concerns with Companionship Services Exemption Proposed Rule to DOL

February 23, 2012

Last week, U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) and Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton) sent letters to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis stressing concerns about the DOL’s companionship services exemption proposed rule. Earlier this month, Florida Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) co-signed a letter with 20 other senators that successfully called for an extention of the proposal’s comment period, which ends on March 14. (more…)

Dept. of Labor Extends Comment Period on Companionship Services Exemption Proposed Rule

February 21, 2012

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis announced today that the comment period for the proposed would that would revise the companionship services exemption for home care has been extended to March 12.

The proposed rule was announced on December 27 and the initial last day to submit comments was February 27.  This 14-day extension comes two weeks after 22 U.S. senators sent a letter to Secretary Solis requesting extension of the comment period in order for stakeholders to have more time to gather substantive data related to the rule’s impact on providers. Florida Senators Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Republican, both signed the letter to DOL.

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Florida Senators Ask Labor Department to Extend Deadline on Companion Services Exemption Regulation

February 9, 2012

HCAF is pleased to let you know that our efforts to secure Florida’s two U.S. Senators support was successful! Today both signed a letter with Senate colleagues to be sent to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis regarding the companionship services exemption proposed rule.

Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) urged Secretary Solis to extend the proposed rule’s comment period, which ends Feb. 27th, for 60 more days. This is a major step toward protecting the business of private duty agencies and nurse registries, and HCAF will monitor the outcome of this letter after the Labor department has reviewed it. (more…)

Obama Proposes Removing Companionship Services Exemption for Home Care Workers

December 15, 2011

USA Today | By Richard Wolf

WASHINGTON – Nearly 2 million home care workers could qualify for federal wage and overtime protections under a rule being proposed today by the Obama administration.

The effort — the 18th initiative in Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign against Congress — would overcome legislative inertia and a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that upheld home care workers’ exclusion from wage-and-hour standards. (more…)