Entries by Carolyn Dingee

Using PTO Cash Outs to Help with the Holiday Season

The labor shortage, particularly for agencies managing group homes, shows no sign of abating. These are new and old remedies providers are using to fill and cover visits. Allow staff to cash out their PTO and work extra shifts. This doesn’t cost anymore real money and helps provide extra hours of coverage. Many DSP’s welcome […]

Extra Unemployment Pay Has Disappeared, So Why Haven’t the Workers Returned?

Earlier this year, a change came: $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans was cut off. Many people, they argued, would then take the millions of jobs that employers were desperate to fill. Yet three months after half the states began ending that federal payment, there’s been no significant influx of job seekers. In states that cut […]

The 2021 MITC DSP Winner

MITC has awarded a total of $5,000 to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who stand out and go above and beyond to provide exemplary service during the current emergency. MITC values the hard work put forth by DSPs everyday, and is hoping to show our appreciation through these prizes! After receiving 684 nominations from hundreds of agencies, […]

Walmart Guilty of ADA Violation

A jury found Walmart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when they fired a longtime employee with Down syndrome in Wisconsin after implementing a new computerized scheduling system, CNBC reported. Aggressive scheduling systems used by major retailers are notorious. Some jurisdictions have passed laws to protect employees from anti-social schedules such as being asked to […]

Not Vaccinated? Your Health Insurance Costs $200 More a Month

Delta Air Lines is raising health insurance premiums for unvaccinated employees by $200 a month to cover higher Covid costs. Starting November 1, unvaccinated Delta employees who have health insurance from the company will face $200 monthly surcharges. Starting September 12, unvaccinated employees will have to take a Covid test every week, while “community case rates” […]

Vaccination Mandate Announced

The U.S. government has announced a broad plan to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. as cases plateau at a high number, pressuring private employers to immunize their workforce, as well as mandating the shots for federal workers, contractors and employees of health-care facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding. The USA is reporting an […]

7 Million Lose Unemployment Benefits

More than 8 million people now have no unemployment compensation at all, while another 2.7 million lost the $300 federal weekly boost but will continue receiving state payments. They join the roughly 2.7 million cut off from some or all of their benefits in June or July after 24 states opted to terminate at least one of […]

Covid-19 Delta Variant Delays Return to Normal

The Washington Post reported on Saturday, August 14th that families, especially moms and single parents, are facing new challenges to staying in, never mind returning to the workforce. A lot of moms dropped out of the workforce last September as the school tear began. Now the “mom recovery” could be imperiled again. The US census […]

Covid Vaccine Mandates in Job Listings Jump by 34%

The amount of job posts requiring a Covid vaccine were up 34% on August 7th when compared to the prior month, according to job site Indeed. The jump comes as the Covid delta variant fuels a surge in new U.S. cases. Large employers like Walmart, Google, Tyson Foods, United Airlines, US Military and McDonald’s are […]

EVV Details Published for Missouri

DSS/Sandata have published the first public specification for EVV in Missouri. The requirements are similar to those of other states using Sandata as the EVV data aggregator. Providers need to transmit three files to Sandata before each billing Employees (Caregivers) Clients Visits The employee file must contain the Family Care Safety Register Number. The client […]