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CalFresh Decision

Riverside County incorrectly terminated claimant's Food Stamp Program benefits effective August 31, 2014 where it is found that the claimant cooperated in providing the County with all required documents and there countable income did not make the household ineligible.

Lightbourne Director's Alternate Decision

Many of you had caseworkers reduce IHSS hours for times when a "non provider" parent was present in the home. Read this Director's Alternate decision from an administrative law hearing in which Larry Rosen participated as an advocate.

New FLSA & SB 855 Requirements

Below are highlights from CDSS presentation regarding the new FLSA & SB 855 Requirements. You can download the full presentation at the bottom of this page. The final stakeholder discussion group pertaining to the implementation of the new IHSS overtime rules will be held on August 15, 2014.

Notice 2014-7 Explained by Regina Levy, CPA

Gina Levy has been described as the "special needs CPA" by her clients. She has been the source of much of the IRS tax information that I have presented on both our web page and our Facebook page. For those of you who are confused about how to proceed with amending prior year tax returns in order to get a refund, I highly recommend reaching out to Ms. Levy. There is value in utilizing an expert and my client families tell me that she is amazing.

IRS Notice 2014-7 Clarified with Amending Instructions

The IRS just recently published this document to provide clarity to the earlier released document IRS notice 2014-7 (which can be viewed on this website). Instructions are given for amending prior year's taxes, as the change in this tax rule has a three year look back window. This is great news for Medicaid Waiver recipients and their families

Cuts to IHSS Will Affect 270K Women

A state known for it's progressive history of gender equality seems to be taking a step backwards as Governor Brown's budget proposes capping IHSS caregivers' hours. This will affect the income of nearly 270,000 women working as caregivers under California's IHSS program.

Providers' IHSS Income Not Federally Taxable

(Per IRS Notice 2014 - 7) For those families receiving IHSS as a result of a Medicaid Waiver, the income you earn by providing in-home care to a disabled person is NOT federally taxable.

Brown's Overtime Prohibition for IHSS Workers

On January 9, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a proposal that would prohibit IHSS works from working over 40 hours a week. The overtime prohibition would cover all IHSS caregivers.

Proposed Regulations Attempt to Define Full Time Employment

For the first time IHSS is attempting to define full time employment. For years, caseworkers have been wrongly reducing or denying IHSS hours because two parents were present in the home. Current statute allows for parents meeting specific criteria to be paid parent-providers, with no restrictions for two-parent households. Current regulations, however, deduct time from the parent-provider’s IHSS hours when the non-provider parent is in the home.

New Federal Rules Require Overtime Pay for Caregivers Nationwide

US Department of Labor announced new regulations that will require overtime pay for the estimated 2 million IHSS workers nationwide. This includes the nearly 360,000 caregivers in California's taxpayer-funded In-Home Supportive Services program. The new regulations won't take affect until January 1, 2015.

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