Overtime and Travel Time

The U.S. Department of Labor 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 by clicking here.

MassHealth also sent notifications to PCAs regarding overtime management. The letters sent by MassHealth can be found by clicking here.

Holidays and PTO

PCAs get overtime pay for four holidays:

New Years Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

How do holiday hours work?

For holiday hours, you get an hour at the regular rate plus an additional half- hour of pay, bringing the payment for holiday hours to one-and-a-half times the regular rate. If you use more than the holiday hours assigned to you on your approval, then you will only receive the regular rate.

Earned Paid Time Off (PTO)

PCAs earn 1 hour of paid time off (PTO) for every 30 hours worked. For more information, please refer to the PTO terms created (form) by MassHealth for rules and regulations regarding earned PTO.

PCAs can view their earned PTO online here.

We have instructions for using the PTO portal in English and Spanish, available by clicking the link below.