Home Care Workers Urge Obama to Deliver on Wage Protection Pledge

Last December, President Obama said he would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. This past summer, the U.S. Department of Labor released the proposed rule that would effectively remove the companionship services exemption, and Congress responded by introducing legislation to preserve the exemption. In a letter yesterday, the National Employment Law Project wonders when President Obama’s pledge is actually going to happen.

“We write to ask you to move quickly to finalize the Labor Department rules that will apply the Fair Labor Standards Act to our nation’s 2.5 million home care workers,” they wrote. The letter notes that while home care remains one fo the fastest-growing sectors of the economy, its workers are among the lowest-paid. “Wages have long stagnated, and since December, have even declined in some states, forcing more workers and their families who live in poverty to rely on public assistance.”

HCAF and like-minded home care industry stakeholders submitted comments to the DOL regarding the proposed rule’s far-reaching and unintended consequences on providers, employees, patients/clients and jobs in the home care industry. Click here to urge Senators Nelson and Rubio and your representative to support legislation that will preserve the exemption for home care workers!

Click here to read the National Employment Law Project’s letter to President Obama.

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