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DOL Issues Notice of Pay Rate Form for Home Care

The Department of Labor (DOL) has posted a Notice of Pay Rate form required for Wage Parity compliance per recent changes to the law made during the State Budget process this past spring. The form must be provided to home care workers covered under the state Wage Parity Law upon hire and before a change in pay rate and is required effective Oct. 1st.

The form is intended to identify base wage and overtime pay rates and the Wage Parity benefits being provided. While providers are required to provide this form only to new hires and not existing employees, some providers may wish to provide the form to existing aides subject to the Wage Parity Law.

The Wage Parity Law requires a minimum wage rate, additional wages, and supplemental benefits for home care aides who perform Medicaid-reimbursed work within New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester.

DOL provides an overview of the requirement and is soon expected to issue answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on its website. You can learn more about the recently enacted Wage Parity notice provisions, including new reporting requirements and penalties, in a previous LeadingAge NY Intelligence article here. More background is available on the Department of Health (DOH) website as well.

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-929-9342