As the year begins winding down and we look ahead to home care recruitment in 2018, there are a number of new wage laws going into effect, include minimum wage increases in many states. Across the industry we’ve seen Caregiver pay rising even without pressure from local or state mandates. However, when minimum wage rises closer to that of the starting wage for CNAs, we see other industries poaching those care workers at a higher rate and agencies having a harder time hiring Caregivers.
There are also some unique changes being applied in some states such as domestic violence leave, new sexual harassment training requirements, increased sick leave requirements, and more. It’s important to understand these new minimum requirements when trying to recruit CNAs and Caregivers; if you don’t stay ahead of the curve, your Caregiver recruiting will suffer.
The following states have minimum wage increases coming by January 1, 2018: New York, Arizona, California, Colorado, Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Washington.
If you want to see how your pay stacks up currently, you can visit the myCNAjobs Caregiver Pay Portal. Making sure you stay a step ahead of the mandated minimums is an ongoing and challenging process, but one that will pay dividends in your efforts to recruit Caregivers.
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