The State of California minimum wage increases to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees on January 1, 2019. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been allocated additional funds by the Legislature for dissemination to service providers to meet the increased minimum wage mandate. It is important to note that the funds allocated by DDS are solely to meet a service provider's costs to increase employee/staff wages to $12.00 per hour (or $11.00 per hour based on the number of employees) and the associated mandated costs (i.e. Social Security, Medicare and workers’ compensation). Please click on the link below to read the letter from DDS, then click on the Workbook link to complete your request for a rate adjustment. SPECIAL NOTE: Only one rate adjustment request per workbook. You must submit one workbook for each vendor number. If a vendor number has multiple rates that are impacted by the minimum wage increase, you must submit one workbook for each sub-code rate. REMINDER: The deadline to submit is March 1, 2019. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
CalABLE March 2018 Program Update
On March 5, 2018, CalABLE’s awardee of the contract to provide program management services made a business decision to not execute our contract. The program manager has a broad range of administrative responsibilities that includes financial recordkeeping, marketing services, and investment management. We are exploring options to contract for a program manager. As such, the launch of the program will be delayed beyond the spring of 2018.
While it is premature to estimate just how long this delay may be, please be aware that our number one priority is launching a fully sustainable CalABLE program as quickly as possible for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and their families, both in California and across the nation. California has some of the greatest protections in place for consumers and their assets. While these protections may result in added challenges in procuring services for the state, they also result in a higher standard of care for those who invest and save here. As disappointing as we know this delay will be, I assure you that the end result will be a better CalABLE!
I fully recognize that this announcement is both frustrating and disappointing. I encourage you to contact me if you have additional questions, thoughts, or concerns as we continue to work to launch CalABLE.
Dante Q. Allen
Executive Director, CalABLE Act Board
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