OLR Bill Analysis

SB 867

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE REGISTRIES.

SUMMARY

With one exception, this bill requires homemaker-companion service registries to give consumers a written, legal liability notice before commencing services, rather than within four days after supplying, referring, or placing an individual homemaker or companion with a consumer. If a bona fide emergency exists, current law's four-day deadline applies, provided the registry details the specific nature of the emergency on a form approved by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) and signed by the consumer or his or her authorized representative. The bill also requires that the notice be in boldface type.

Existing law, unchanged by the bill, requires the consumer to sign the notice, which among other thing, must (1) be in plain language; (2) detail the registry's legal liabilities to the companion or homemaker; and (3) advise the consumer that he or she may be considered an employer and responsible for paying federal and state taxes, Social Security, overtime and minimum wage, unemployment, workers' compensation, or other payments required by law. It must include a statement advising the consumer to consult a tax professional if he or she is uncertain about his or her responsibility for these taxes or payments.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

BACKGROUND

Homemaker-Companion Service Registries

A homemaker-companion service registry is a person or entity engaged in the business of supplying or referring an individual to, or placing an individual with, a consumer to provide homemaker or companion services when the homemaker or companion is either (1) directly compensated, in whole or in part, by the consumer or (2) treated, referred to, or considered by the supplying person or entity as an independent contractor.

COMMITTEE ACTION

General Law Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

17

Nay

0

(03/07/2017)