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WEBINAR: Examining the Impact of the Companionship Rules Change

November 14, 2013

Advocates for fair wages for home care workers are hosting a webinar to examine the U.S. Department of Labor‘s rule changes on the companionship exemption and discuss how the revised rule will affect working conditions, the home care industry, Medicaid-funded home care, and the nation.

Panelists will describe how the new regulations, which go into effect in January 2015, will change home care workers’ rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as state wage laws.

The webinar, entitled The Companionship Rules Change: The Reform’s Impact on Workers, States, and the Home Care Industry, will take place Tuesday, December 3 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET.

Employers, workers, consumers, and state policymakers are invited to participate in the webinar.

Registration is free and available online.

Webinar panelists will include:

  • Abby Marquand, associate director of policy research, PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)
  • Sarah Leberstein, staff attorney, National Employment Law Project (NELP)
  • Bruce Vladeck, Ph.D., senior advisor, Nexera, Inc. (former director of Medicare and Medicaid programs — 1993 to 1997)
  • Tracy Dudzinski, CNA, home care worker; Direct Care Alliance board chair; Cooperative Care worker-owner and board president, and vice chair of the Wisconsin Direct Caregivers Alliance

Cathy Ruckelshaus, NELP general counsel and program director, will moderate the event.

The webinar is sponsored by NELP, PHI, and DCA.

— by Deane Beebe

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