With the home care industry under close scrutiny, Littler has created a toolkit to help employers comply with state and federal rules. The Littler Home Care Toolkit is an affordable, online resource for small and mid-sized companies, providing employers with informative guidelines and helpful forms and training materials.

This toolkit is designed to help home care companies understand and comply with the patchwork of federal and state employment laws applicable to home care employers, keeping them apprised of significant developments that may impact their operations. The Home Care Toolkit provides key materials covering the entire employment lifecycle, from onboarding to end of employment, for employers operating in any state, in addition to other useful tools.

The toolkit covers federal and state laws, some of which follow the federal exemption. We have designed the toolkit with examples of the following forms for employers operating in any state:

  • Compensation agreement for non-exempt employees
  • Agreement for non-exempt live-in and extended shift caregivers
  • Timesheets
    • For live-in caregivers to track client time
    • For hourly caregivers to track client time
    • For all caregivers to track non-visit working time, such as travel time
  • Model policies and forms

The package also includes various model policies and forms for such basic topics as travel time, remote work, time reporting, off-the-clock work, and treatment of sleeping time. Other resources include:

  • A survey of state laws on home care companions and other domestic workers
  • PowerPoint training presentations on wage and hour issues, agency investigations and other areas impacting the industry
  • Guidelines to help small businesses comply with federal employment laws
  • A summary of compensation options for non-exempt home care workers
  • Multistate Littler GPS Surveys providing updated tracking of state and federal employment laws
  • Littler attorney directory

Employers also receive the added benefit of experienced Littler lawyers advising them on how to structure and design a compensation and compliance model specifically tailored for their operations. As we closely monitor legal developments affecting the industry, we will provide updated materials.

The toolkit is part of Littler’s ongoing commitment to providing practical, innovative solutions to employers of all sizes and all sectors of the home care industry.

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