House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Blueprint for FY2020

Last week the House of Representatives approved legislation that provides discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, H.R. 2740 would dole out a combined $192 billion for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education, and their related agencies. Every year in the appropriations process specific funding levels need to…

House of Reps Contingent Seeks OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

In late February 2019, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and several other members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309). The Education and Labor Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the legislation on February 27. As of this writing H.R. 1309 has…

3 Federal Departments Endorse Site-Neutral Payment, Lifting Regulations

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury endorsed site-neutral payment and lifting three regulations that limit competition in health care in a new report issued on December 3, 2018. The report, Reforming America’s Healthcare System through Choice and Competition, is in response to an executive order from President Donald Trump calling for…

Department of Labor Rules on when Workers from Home Care Registries are Employees

This story from July 19, 2018 has been updated to include a correction. A memo from the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to field staff states that a registry that merely refers caregivers to clients, but controls no terms or conditions of the caregiver’s employment to be outside the purview of the…

Department of Labor Rules on when Workers from Home Care Registries are Employees

A memo from the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to field staff states that a registry that merely refers caregivers to clients, but controls no terms or conditions of the caregiver’s employment to be outside the purview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Home care registries typically match elderly and…