Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
The Department of Labor (DOL) today released its final so-called white collar overtime rule, which will take effect on December 1, 2016. As a result of the final rule, the Obama administration estimates that 4.2 million salaried employees who presently qualify for the “white collar” exemption (Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees) from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will soon be eligible for overtime protection or, in the alternative, more time off should employers elect to limit their hours to restrict overtime pay.
A revised version of the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act was introduced by Rep Linda Sanchez D-CA, Rep Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Rep Kurt Schrader (D-OR). H. R. 4212 would establish a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program to target home and community-based care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries.
The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1916, legislation to allow skilled nursing facilities access to programs
helping in the delivery of telecommunications services in rural areas. In addition, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved S. 1719, the RESPITE Act, to establish and maintain a national family caregiving strategy. Both these measures are now ready for consideration on the Senate floor.
The U.S. Congress now appears to be on track to keep government operations and programs in operation by passing a continuing resolution before the 2016 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2015. We expect this continuing appropriation to last through December 11. Fiscal 2016 challenges remain, including possible budget reconciliation and debt ceiling legislation.
On Sept. 22, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced the Ensuring Useful Research Expenditures is Key for Alzheimer’s (EUREKA) Act (S. 2067), a bill that would create prize-based incentives to help encourage researchers to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease by 2025.