Home Care Workers Decry Lack of Wage Protection

It’s been a few months since President Barack Obama pledged to extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s 2.5 million home care workers – but the regs are still bottled up. A group of stakeholders and advocates are tired of waiting – they’re releasing a report and holding a conference call Thursday to push for action.

“Home care workers have waited long enough for the respect and dignity that comes with the same labor protections afforded to nearly all workers in our nation. The draft regulation to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act has been through the entire regulatory process, received tens of thousands of comments with nearly 80 percent favorable, and it is time for the Obama administration to finalize and publish the rule,” said PHI Government Affairs Director Carol Regan. The report from the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute: http://bit.ly/ZymRQs.

HCAF submitted comments to the Department of Labor last spring stressing home care industry concerns about removing the companionship services exemption. The proposed regulation is currently under consideration by the White House Office of Management and Budget, which was expected to announce final steps on April 15. Stay tuned for more updates from OMB.

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