Posts Tagged ‘Bill Clinton’

Home Care Workers Still Waiting For Labor Protections After Promise From Obama

June 26, 2013

By Dave Jamieson, The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON – In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his administration would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to them after decades of exclusion. The White House still has a video on its YouTube channel explaining the significance of the regulatory change, entitled “A Promise Kept.”

But in reality, the president hasn’t yet delivered on that promise. A year and a half after the fanfare, home care workers who tend to the elderly and disabled in their homes are still not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Depression-era statute that serves as a bedrock of U.S. labor law. The president’s proposal remains under review at the White House, where industry players have lobbied to have it softened, if not scrapped. (more…)

Companionship Services Exemption: A Deadline Missed

June 19, 2013

By Jane Gross, Special to The New York Times

Legions of home health aides continue to toil for less than minimum wage, the only American workers not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than a month has passed since May 14, when President Obama could have ended this exclusion and, with the stroke of a pen, forced a new regulation into effect. All legal deadlines and extensions in this sclerotic regulatory process have been exhausted. (more…)

Obama Administration Mulls Rule To Give Home Health Aides Better Wages

April 29, 2013

By Alvin Tran, Kaiser Health News

As a home health aide, Nicole Fletcher, 40, provides personal assistance to the elderly, disabled and those living with chronic conditions in their own homes. She assists them with activities of daily living – including bathing, dressing and eating – and, on occasion, she often stays to help them overnight.

“Sometimes there will be 24-hour cases because the client needs care and cannot be left alone depending on their condition,” she said.

Working for a District of Columbia-based company, she earns more than the minimum wage and is paid time-and-a-half for every hour she works beyond her usual 40 per week. But unlike Fletcher, close to 2 million in-home care workers and personal care aides in the United States don’t always get paid for overtime work or receive minimum wage, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They are explicitly excluded from a key federal wage law that carved out exceptions for causal babysitters and companions for people who are sick or disabled. (more…)

Progressive Group Recommends $385 Billion in Health Cuts

November 15, 2012

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

Hospitals, drug companies, nursing homes and health plans would lose billions in Medicare funding over the next decade under a budget deficit cutting plan recommended by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank which has close ties to President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. (more…)

NY Times: With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost

September 10, 2012

By Nina Bernstein, The New York Times

Medicaid has long conjured up images of inner-city clinics jammed with poor families. Its far less-visible role is as the only safety net for millions of middle-class people whose needs for long-term care, at home or in a nursing home, outlast their resources.

With baby boomers and their parents living longer than ever, few families can count on their own money to go the distance. So while Medicare has drawn more attention in the election campaign, seniors and their families may have even more at stake in the future of Medicaid changes — those proposed, and others already under way. (more…)

Home Care Workers Still Waiting for Promised Wage Increase, Overtime

August 8, 2012
By Tony Pugh, McClatchy News Service
  Judy Harris, from left, listens to client David Hoffman on Saturday, August 4, 2012, in Port Orchard, Washington. Harris, 69, works for multiple clients as a home-health-care provider. Hoffman, 50, was burned in a work-related explosion. (Kevin Fujii/MCT)

A sense of unease is building among advocates for nearly 2 million workers who help the elderly and disabled live independently in their homes. Because of a 38-year-old amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, home health aides and personal care aides in many states can be paid less than the federal minimum wage — $7.25 an hour — and not receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. (more…)

Obama Proposes Removing Companionship Services Exemption for Home Care Workers

December 15, 2011

USA Today | By Richard Wolf

WASHINGTON – Nearly 2 million home care workers could qualify for federal wage and overtime protections under a rule being proposed today by the Obama administration.

The effort — the 18th initiative in Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign against Congress — would overcome legislative inertia and a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that upheld home care workers’ exclusion from wage-and-hour standards. (more…)