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Comprehensive Independent Homecare Program from Euro-American Connections

Thursday, November 19, 2015- by Euro-American Connections & Homecare

Recent revisions made to the Regulations under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) now require employee-based homecare agencies to pay time-and-a-half overtime to live-in caregivers and caregivers working more than 40 hours per week.

This change in regulations will have a devastating financial impact on seniors and caregivers, and will reduce the level of care provided. Homecare agencies are left with 2 unfortunate options:

1) Raise rates by as much as 50% in order to cover overtime paid to caregivers.
2) Rotate three different live-in caregivers each week for a single live-in assignment to avoid paying overtime wages.

Sadly, either option provides extra, unneeded stress on caregivers and seniors, both financially and emotionally.

Fortunately, Euro-American Connections (EAC) has a solution! We are excited to now offer a Comprehensive Independent Homecare Program (CIHP), that will enable families to hire live-in and certain hourly caregivers without the overtime costs associated with the recent revisions to the FLSA.

Our Comprehensive Independent Homecare Program takes advantage of the individual exemptions from the new FLSA overtime requirements, under which the caregiver is not required to be paid overtime. This allows families to employ a single, affordable live-in caregiver to work seven days a week, and avoid the disruption that three rotating caregivers would cause to the elderly person’s routines and relationships. This continuity of care and independence is very important to families who want their loved ones to maintain the comforts of home.

Additionally, our program provides a seamless solution that seniors and their families can feel good about, including benefits such as:

Caregivers who pass a rigorous 10-Step Screening and Evaluation
Arrangement of full administrative support to take care of all payroll, withholding and tax filing requirements
Caregivers guaranteed to be bonded and covered by general liability insurance, unemployment insurance and accident insurance
Access to substitute and replacement caregivers, when necessary.

At Euro-American Connections, we are proud to be advocates for both our clients and caregivers. To learn more about our Comprehensive Independent Homecare Program, visit homecare4u.com/CIHP.

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