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SELECT HOME CARE, based in Westlake Village, Calif., offers 24-hour non-medical care to elderly clients in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oregon and Texas. It has nine offices, 500 employees and more than $10 million in annual revenue.
THE CHALLENGE Select is confronting an array of regulatory changes. A federalrule will extend the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act to nonmedical caregivers when it takes effect in January. The company’s home state, California, has already enacted legislation that added a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights to the California Labor Code. Under the new guidelines, which went into effect Jan. 1, nonmedical home care employees are entitled to overtime pay for any more than 45 hours of work a week. In addition, California’s minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour on July 1. For home care companies like Select, these changes mean shorter shifts, more employees and higher wages.
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