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August 17, 2015 - Memorandum from Hollrah LLC discussing two important legislative developments that should be of interest to PCA members. The first concerns a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Congress that would affect firms that do business with independent contractors, and the other discusses recently enacted state legislation affecting independent-contractor status. Read the Memorandum here.

October 17, 2012 - Support the PCA Political Action Committee (PCA PAC) by donating today! You must donate from a personal account and the donation is not tax deductible. Your support is appreciated!  Fill out this form to donate.

July 19, 2012 - The PCA has released two documents providing an overview of the current status of the administrative and legislative developments affecting the companionship exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (the "FLSA"). The memorandum describes the status overall and the Bill Chart provides a comparison of how each supportive bill would amend the FLSA. View these documents on our DOL Updates Page

July 9, 2012 - View this OpEd piece that appeared on CNN.com on July 3 titled "Mandating Overtime Pay Hurts Caregivers and Seniors."  

July 5, 2012 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Withstands Supreme Court Scrutiny

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the principal provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") in a 5-4 decision released on June 28, 2012, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts. The Court did invalidate certain provisions contained in the PPACA that would have permitted a dramatic reduction in federal Medicaid funding to any state that refused to expand Medicaid coverage along the lines the PPACA would have required.

The Court effectively returns the health-care reform debate back to the Congress and White House. PPACA's fate now likely will be determined be the November elections, as presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney indicated a desire to repeal the law, whereas President Obama yesterday reiterated his support for the law, while expressing a willingness to modify the law in areas where it can be improved. The composition of the next Congress also will be a material factor, as the extent to which the Congress and President are aligned on health-reform issues will affect the extent to which whether any statutory changes will be made.

PCA will continue to actively monitor the PPACA and health reform generally, and become engaged in the process when appropriate.

June 14, 2012 - Have you signed the petition online at Change.org? Let your voice be heard, there is still time! Please take a moment to sign the petition, and share this link with friends and colleagues who will join us in this fight to keep homecare affordable for seniors and disabled citizens.

May 18, 2012 - There is still time to take action in the fight against the DOL's proposed changes. You signatures matter now more than ever and they will help us in our communications with Washington, DC.
Sign here.

May 8, 2012 - Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns is one of the latest legislators to cosponsor the Companionship Exemption Protection Act, which would preserve the companionship services exemption for minimum wage and overtime pay for home care registries. While the DOL reviews and answers the more than 26,000 responses it received during its notice of proposed rulemaking, it is important for the home care industry to take action! Click here to encourage your legislators to cosponsor this bill

March 20, 2012 - Senators Alexander and Johanns submitted their comments to the U.S. Senate regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to Domestic Service Employees. Click Senate Companionship Exemption Comments  to read a copy of that letter.

March 9, 2012 - The home care industry partners with a private research company to conduct a study of the effects of the DOL's proposed changes in a study titled "Estimating the Economic Impact of Repealing the FLSA Companion Care Exemption." Click here to read the study.

February 4, 2012 - The DOL extends the comment period on its proposed notice of rule-making until March 12, giving those interested a bit more time to submit their comments and recommendations for the new regulation.

January 4, 2012 - Letter from PCA Board of Directors Member Joseph Bensmihen to Chairmen John Kline and Tim Walberg expressing appreciation for their comments concerning the proposed changes to the companionship exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

December 15, 2011 - The White House today announced new rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would effectively repeal the companionship exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which would deprive consumers of continuity of care and significantly disrupt the work lives of home-care providers.