Summer Unity Community BBQs
The 1199SEIU will be holding Summer Unity Community BBQs across Massachusetts this summer. Consumers, PCAs, friends and families are all invited to attend. There will be free food, kids activities, and community resources. The PCA Workforce Council will also be in attendence. They will have a table at these events for consumers and PCAs to sign up for the new PCA Directory. The PCA Directory is a new resource for consumers and PCAs to actively seek employees and employment in their community. For the dates and times for the BBQ in your area please see below.
Springfield: Saturday, August 4, 2018, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 17 John St, 11-2. For more information contact Kindalay Cummings (508) 735-9399 (email@example.com), Amber Cano Martin (413) 426-4959 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see the event flyer.
New Bedford: Sunday, August 11, 2018, Hazelwood Park, 623 Brock Ave, Noon-5. For more information contact Lisa Lemieux (774) 328-0394 (email@example.com)
Boston: Saturday, August 18, 2018 Malcom X Park, 131 Dale St, Noon to 5. For more information contact Nancy Luc at (617) 284-1143 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see the event flyer.
Lawrence: Saturday, August 18, 2018, Manchester Park, 77 Manchester St, Noon to 5. For more information contact Diana Richard (508) 641-3603 (email@example.com) or see the event flyer.
Brockton: Friday August 31, 2018, Location TBD, 2 PM to 6 PM. For more information contact Dana Alas (585) 205-1311 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Online Timesheet Portal
Did you know that you can send in your timesheets to us electronically? At Stavros F.I. – we have a portal available to allow both the Consumer and the PCA to enter the current payroll information and submit to us for processing. Both the Consumer and the PCA will have to have internet access and email accounts to be able to use this method of submitting timesheets. Through the portal you can also view your prior authorization information with your remaining hours as well as timesheets that have previously been paid. If you want to find out more on how to be able to use this method, please click here. Videos on how to use the portal can be found in our Important Links section here. Once you have completed reading the instructions and are ready to sign up please click here to download the sign up form.
Overtime and Travel Time
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a Final Rule revising the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA). This ruling will grant PCAs, who work over 40 hours per week, overtime pay starting January 1, 2016. Overtime will be paid separately from a PCAs normal paycheck and be mailed directly to the PCA. Please make sure that we have an up to date address on file for all PCAs to avoid delays in receiving this check. PCAs may also be eligible for Travel Time pay for same day commutes between consumers' homes. Travel Time paychecks will also be sent directly to a PCAs address. We recommend that PCAs set up Direct Deposit to receive both their paycheck and overtime/travel times check. Please review the MassHealth notice to Consumers and PCAs for more information.
Starting September 1, 2016 MassHealth began a new overtime management program for PCAs. PCAs are no longer allowed to work over 50 hours per week for one or more MassHealth members unless their consumer(s) receive special authorization from MassHealth to do so. Please review the bulletin issued by MassHealth for the new overtime regulations and the letters sent to consumers by MassHealth in English and Spanish. MassHealth also sent notifications to PCAs regarding overtime managment. The letters sent by MassHealth can be found here in English and here in Spanish.
Earned Sick Time
Effective July 1, 2015 PCAs will be able to earn sick time hours. A PCA will be eligible to earn 1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked starting from their first day of work. Use of this sick time can begin 90 days after their first day of work. A separate timesheet has been created to submit sick time hours. These hours cannot be submitted on a standard timesheet. Please refer to the Consumer Memo (English) or Consumer Memo (Spanish) and PCA Memo sent out by MassHealth for the rules and regulations. Addition information can be found at mass.gov/ago/earnedsicktime . PCAs can view their earned sick time on-line at www.OnlineEmployer.com/feapca. Instructions on accessing and using the sick time portal can be found here.
PCAs hired after January 1, 2014 and who are brand new to the MassHealth PCA program, must complete the PCA New Hire Orientation requirement within 6 months from their date of hire. New PCAs who fail to complete the Orientation within the six months an after-tax payroll deduction equal to two dollars ($2.00) per hour will apply, until such time as they complete the Orientation program.
If the New PCA completes the Orientation within 2 months of their 6 month anniversary date, the payroll deductions will cease and all accumulated deductions will be returned. If the New PCA completes the Orientation after 8 months of the date of hire and submits the correct paperwork, the payroll deductions will cease but they will forfeit all accumulated deductions.
Orientations may be given by the consumer or the PCA can attend an orientation session with the Homecare Training Benefit (HTB). A consumer who wishes to do the orientation must submit a completed Consumer Option Form to Stavros Fiscal. The materials for the orientation will then be mailed to them from HTB. The Consumer Option Form will be included with the notification sent once an orientation eligible PCA is hired. If this form is needed, please contact Stavros Fiscal.
The PCA New Hire Orientation is available to be performed online. The online orientation has shifted to a new website https://pcaworkforcecouncil.training.ehs.state.ma.us. The old website has shut down as of May 10, 2018 at 5:00PM.
To access the new website, the consumer and PCA will need to complete a Consumer Options form and submit it to Stavros Fiscal. You will need to complete a Consumer Options form for each PCA that will go through the online orientation. Usernames are only valid for the PCA assigned to it. They cannot be used to complete the orientation with another PCA. Please contact Stavros Fiscal if you need a Consumer Options form. Please allow two weeks from returning the form for the set up process to be completed. Stavros will contact you once the set up is complete. Please click here for instructions on completing the online new hire PCA orientation
If you are unsure if your PCA needs to complete an orientation, please contact Stavros Fiscal prior to beginning the orientation. Only eligible PCAs, who have not completed the orientation in the past, can be paid for completing it.
PCAs who will attend an orientation session with the HTB will need to call (877) 409-8283 to schedule a time.
If you feel you have an orientation notification in error, please contact us at Stavros Fiscal (800) 442-1185 or by email.
Schedules for 2018 can be found in the forms section of our website. Please be sure to select the appropriate schedule for your consumer number.
Stavros FI uses Eastern Bank. If you are wondering where the closest Eastern Bank is to you, please click here and enter your zip code to find the nearest location. A list of all Eastern Bank locations can be found here.
Please continue mailing or faxing your timesheets to the Stavros FI office so we have them in our office no later than Tuesday at noon to avoid delays with your PCA's checks.
PCAs are required to have "direct deposit" for their payments to their checking account, savings account, or debit card. To prevent any delays, please included a completed direct deposit form with proof of account, attached with a PCAs new hire paperwork.
All new PCA hires are required by law to be verified against the database found on the Office of Inspector General (OIG) website. Any individual found on the OIG list will be ineligible to work as a PCA. We urge you to check any potential new hire against the OIG database. This database can be found here. You may also choose to call our Customer Service Department for help.