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The National Council released the information described below on July 9. RCPA will be accepting comments to provide to the National Council until August 3.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed extending its overtime pay exemption rules to include employees making up to $50,440 next year, a change that could affect up to 5 million workers. Under the new proposal, the salary threshold for overtime pay would rise to $970 per week ($50,440 per year) in 2016. The current level of $455 per week ($23,660) was established in 2004, and it is below the poverty line for a family of four.

Unlike the current exemption threshold, the newly proposed threshold is linked not to a specific salary amount, but to the 40th percentile of wage earners. Thus, the new salary threshold will automatically update over time. The proposed regulation affects white collar workers (executive, administrative, and professional). More information is available in this fact sheet.

The DOL has posted the proposal online, giving people the opportunity to submit written comments on or before September 4. The White House has stated that the DOL will release a final rule next year after reviewing and considering these comments.

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On July 14, Estelle Richman, former secretary of the Department of Human Services (DHS), will conduct a presentation; Person-Driven Services in Managed Care Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Temple University, Ritter Annex Room 555, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Members can participate in person or online.

Topics will include:

  • Overview of DHS discussion document on managed care;
  • Overview of federal options for self-directed services and supports in managed care; and
  • Discussion of what stakeholders can do to ensure that good self-directed options are available in any managed care model that DHS administers.

The Department of Human Services has announced the July training schedule and related information for the approved and required Medication Administration Training. Training will be available online and at various locations across the Commonwealth. Future classroom training sessions are being scheduled throughout the year; announcements will be released when finalized. Classroom training sites have limited capacity, and training candidates from agencies with no certified medication administration staff are required to complete the online course work before they are permitted to attend the classroom training.

Medication administration training is required for designated staff working in: adult training facilities, adult day services, personal care homes, assisted living residences, child residential and residential treatment and day treatment facilities, community homes for individuals with an intellectual disability, and intermediate care facilities. Questions about the information in the training document can be directed to (717) 221-1630 or email.