Home Care – Paying Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers: A Guide for Consumers and their Families to the FLSA – U.S. Department of Labor — Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

This guide is meant to help individuals, families, and households who use home care services determine their responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage and overtime law that applies to most home care workers.

The guide explains who must follow the FLSA rules, with examples of situations involving hiring a home care worker directly, using a home care agency, and arranging care through a self-directed program. It discusses paid providers who are family members of the consumer and who are live-in workers.

The guide also explains how to follow the FLSA rules, that is, what it means to pay minimum wage and overtime, track hours worked, and keep proper records.

Download the Guide in PDF here.

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Tax Free Savings: First ABLE Accounts Go Live — Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

By Kathleen Tetreault

On June 1, 2016, Ohio became the first state in the nation to open its ABLE account program. This news is making national headlines because individuals from any state–including Connecticut–can go on-line and create an Ohio ABLE account that will be valid in the individual’s home state. What are ABLE accounts?

Read the entire article to find out more.

New York:

Since each state is responsible for establishing and maintaining this particular type of savings program, each state is also responsible for enacting legislation with regards to ABLE accounts. On December 22, 2015 New York passed Senate Bill No. 4472 which allows annual contributions up to $14,000 made by a NY Able account owner into an eligible NY Able account. This law went into effect on April 1, 2016 and any qualifying contribution will be allowed as a deduction against the taxpayer’s federal taxable income which is subject to New York State income tax. Similarly, any distributions from a NY ABLE account that are used toward qualified expenses may also be subtracted from the taxpayer’s federal taxable income to the extent that they were in included in gross income for federal income tax purposes. It is important to note that distributions from a NY ABLE account that are used toward non-qualified expenses are to be added to the taxpayer’s federal taxable income.

Read more at Wilken & Gutterplan, P.C.:

http://www.wgcpas.com/news/tax-scoop-tuesday/575-new-york-able-accounts

Office of Civil Rights Releases “Dear Colleague” Letter on Transgender Students | Higher Education Report–BS&K

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) addressing a school’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students, and explaining how the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will evaluate a school’s compliance with those obligations.  This DCL comes on the heels of a recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision discussing whether Title IX requires schools to allow transgender students to have access to restrooms consistent with their gender identities.

Read entire BS&K “Higher Education Report” analysis and commentary here.

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Thieves Ransack Queens Bank Vault, Leaving Many Deposit Boxes on Roof – The New York Times

 

Workers arrived at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank on Monday only to discover that several dozen safe deposit boxes were missing.

They did not have to look far to find them.

When the police arrived at the bank branch in Rego Park, Queens, they found the boxes piled on the roof, next to a wide hole through which, it appeared, thieves had broken into the vault over the weekend.

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Read entire report here.

FAQ and Resource Page for Maspeth Federal Savings– Rego Park branch–Safe Deposit Box Burglary

https://www.maspethfederal.com/assets/1464356741-MaspethFAQandResourceCenterpage.pdf

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About Disrupt Legal:

My name is Mary Redzic and I am proponent of disruption in the legal industry with innovative technology. I will post ideas on how the legal industry can and should be changed to make it better for both lawyers and their clients and about people or companies who are helping the cause. If you would like for me to cover any topics, feel free to contact me at mredzic@gmail.com.

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Lawyers in Transition-Planning a Mindful Life

We wanted to share our insights and experiences along with those of other solo practitioners and small firm practitioners who have worked their way through their own challenges in dealing with pre-retirement planning. We like the idea of shifting from “mindless aging” to “mindful living.” We would like to invite colleagues and friends to come forward to share their experiences to help our readers begin to experience the importance of building a transition plan. It is important to understand that the journey from full-time work to full-time retirement could take several years to accomplish, so that is why the more time you put into planning this journey the better your outcomes will be.

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iPhone Callers Block: How To Keep Unknown Callers Out | Ubergizmo

We’ve all been there before. Whether it’s an annoying telemarketer or a friend that you’ve decided to give the silent treatment to, there are times when you want to block someone from contacting you. The good news is that Apple has added the ability to block callers in iOS 7.

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To clarify, there are four different scenarios where you will want to block a person:

  1. The person’s contact details are saved on your phone.
  2. An unknown person calls your phone.
  3. An unknown person texts your phone.
  4. An unknown person who sent you a FaceTime request.

This guide is going to teach you how to block and unblock a person or phone number from contacting you when the scenarios above do occur. For non-iPhone number blocking, we have a different article.

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