Homecare & IHSS

California caregivers deserve a raise, paid sick time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 28, 2016 Contact: Eli Magaña, emagana@udwa.org, 619-252-0397 Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore on Governor Brown’s proposal to raise the state minimum wage and provide paid sick time to home care workers: “No Californian who works full-time should be living in poverty. And yet, low-wage workers across the state are struggling to make ends meet. Caregivers for the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) make on average just $10.71 an hour. They work long hours to ensure that seniors and Californians with disabilities get the quality care they need, but at the end of […]

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Important tax update for IHSS providers who live with their clients (IRS notice 2014-7)

Important tax update for IHSS providers who live with their clients (IRS notice 2014-7)

UPDATE – 11/3/2016: According to the latest guidance from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), wages received by Waiver Personal Care Services (WPCS) and/or In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers who live in the same home as the recipient of those services are not considered part of gross income for federal income tax purposes. CDSS recently mailed the ‘Live-In Provider Self-Certification Information Notice’ and the ‘Live-In Self-Certification Form For IRS Federal Tax Wage Exclusion’ (SOC 2298) forms to providers with the same address as their IHSS client. Those providers are candidates to claim the IRS Wage Exclusion from Federal Income Tax. SOC 2298 allows […]

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Important dates and forms for the new IHSS timesheet rules

Important dates and forms for the new IHSS timesheet rules

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has made changes to IHSS program rules related to the 2016 implementation of overtime, travel time, and medical wait time. Some of these rules affect the way we complete our IHSS timesheets. We advise all providers to be aware of the following dates and required forms. MARCH 15, 2016 CDSS mailed several informational notices and forms to IHSS providers and recipients. March 15, 2016, is the date by which your client must review, complete, and postmark IHSS form SOC 2256 – the In-Home Supportive Services Program Recipient and Provider Workweek Agreement. Note: this […]

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California Homecare providers win overtime pay

By Kevin Brown, AFSCME, February 5, 2016 After years of advocating to improve the standard of care for California home care clients, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers began to receive overtime pay and pay for travel time and medical accompaniment time from the State of California – for the first time ever. Until this week, caregivers did not receive basic labor protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act to ensure quality care for the state’s 400,000 IHSS clients. Now, thanks to the advocacy of AFSCME and its allies, home care providers will be fully paid for their work. The new […]

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Travel time pay

Travel time pay

Beginning February 1, 2016, IHSS providers who travel between more than one client in the same day will be eligible to be paid for the time spent traveling between the two clients, up to seven hours per workweek. Travel time does not include the time it takes a provider to travel from his or her own home to the location where he or she provides services for a recipient or back home after the work is completed. The provider will get paid for actual travel time regardless of the method of travel used (driving a car, taking public transit, walking, […]

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