On DOL Overtime Issue, Democrats Aren't Even Willing to Talk

Adam PrizioOn DOL Overtime Issue, Democrats Aren’t Even Willing To Talk

By Adam PrizioPolicy Analyst

On October 14, at the Candidate Forum on Disability Issues in Rochester, NY, Bruce Darling, CEO of the Center for Disability Rights, asked Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s representative Patty Lark whether Congresswoman Slaughter (D-NY 25) would support legislation to delay implementation of a new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule which will cause states to cap attendants at 40 hours per week, interrupting necessary and vital attendant services to people with disabilities.  Ms. Larke indicated that she believed Congresswoman Slaughter would support legislation delaying the rule.

So it is disappointing that neither Congresswoman Slaughter’s office, nor the offices of any other Democratic members of Congress, would even return our phone calls this week to talk about this issue. Disappointing and more than a little troubling, considering the effects that the DOL overtime rule will have.

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Determination mixed with Negotiation equals 90% of Counties on Annual Verification List

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Determination mixed with Negotiation equals 90% of Counties on Annual Verification List

by Justin Young

Over the past year and a half there has been an ongoing initiative conducted by the Center for Disability Rights, Inc. Community Supplemental Needs Trust related to Verification of Deposit into Pooled Trusts. As stated in the Second Addendum to the Eighth New York State Department of Health Administrative Directive issued in 1996 “verification that the income was placed into the trust is required. In order to eliminate the need to verify this on a monthly basis, it is recommended that you advise the recipient to divert the income directly to the exception trust.” The goal of this initiative has been to ensure as many counties as possible follow a form of Annual Verification thereby ensuring the consumers Medical Assistance benefits are not jeopardized.

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Non-Enforcement is Not a Solution!

JStephanie Woodward, Director of Advocacy Non-Enforcement is Not a Solution! DOL Must Delay Implementation of the Companionship Exemption NOW!

By Stephanie Woodward, Director of Advocacy

Despite recognizing the issues that Disability Rights activists have brought to their attention regarding the Companionship exemption changes, the Department of Labor (DOL) is still planning to move forward with implementation of these changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Disability Rights activists have been fighting to delay the implementation of the rule changes because there is simply no funding to support the changes. These changes require attendants to be paid overtime for any hours they work over 40 hours, plus travel time. There is no question that our attendants deserve the extra compensation but Medicaid will not pay for these extra costs. As a result, providers will no longer allow attendants to work over 40 hours per week. This harms attendants because many of them work far beyond 40 hours a week and depend on that extra income. This also harms people with disabilities and seniors because it puts us at risk of institutionalization, because we will not be able to receive the assistance we need to live in the community if our attendants cannot work those hours. There is already a shortage of attendants, so it may be difficult or impossible for us to get another person to cover hours that our attendants will no longer be allowed to work. The threat of institutionalization as a result is real – even DOL identified that some people would be forced into institutions because of these rules.

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Statement of Concern

Statement of Concern


Reid's National Council on Disability Appointee Supports Subminimum Wage and Segregated Housing

The Center for Disability Rights is deeply concerned that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has appointed Bob Brown, a proponent of subminimum wage and segregated housing, to serve on the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

While NCD appointees have previously been appointed by the President, a new provision in the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act allows four Council Members whose terms are about to expire to be replaced by appointments made by the Senate Majority Leader, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the House Minority Leader. NCD’s membership will also be reduced from fifteen to nine as the next six Council members will not be replaced when their terms expire.

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Rochester Pinmisser Bowling League

Mary willyRochester Pinmisser Bowling League

by Mary Willy

Looking to get involved in a fun, social activity in Rochester? Looking to meet new people in the disability community? Come and join us!

The Rochester Pinmissers Bowling league was established in the fall of 1955 by a few blind individuals who wanted to enjoy the sport. Over the years, we have evolved into a true community which includes sighted and non-sighted bowlers. We would love to have you come and join us!

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