Running a homecare agency is complex, time-consuming and stressful. There’s not enough time in the day for you to be an expert on wage and hour law in New York, as well. Luckily, we’re here to help make sure you are compliant and nothing slips through the cracks when it comes to wages and hours.
Emina Poricanin, an attorney at HodgsonRuss and an expert on wage and hour law in the homecare industry, hosted a webinar highlighting avoidable mistakes that agencies should know. For example, are you sure that you’re paying live-in aides correctly? Do you have sleep and meal agreements in place? Emina outlined critical steps to ensure that you have your bases covered.
Another situation that homecare agencies frequently encounter is whether you are properly classifying workers as non-exempt when it comes to overtime. Emina noted:
- Only a small number of categories of workers are exempt from overtime requirements
- Professional, administrative and executive are the most common categories
- Administrative is not inclusive of any office employee
Emina explains who falls under the non-exempt category and how you should handle overtime payment for these individuals. Emina also outlines critical mistakes around computing “regular rate,” and failing to track and pay for travel time or spread of hours.
Make sure that your agency is compliant with state law and you’re up-to-date about wage and hour issues. When you know the law, you can rest assured that you are compliant.