Posts Tagged ‘Florida Professional Association of Care Givers’

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…)

Wage Standards Would Be a Burden, Home Health Care Industry Warns

March 21, 2012

By Ledge King, Fort Myers News-Press

Florida’s home health care industry is warning an Obama administration proposal that mandates minimum wage and overtime pay for thousands of its workers will drive up costs and ultimately harm home-bound patients.

Workers’ advocates counter a fairer pay scale would mean less turnover and better care.

The issue is critical to one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. Almost 12,000 firms nationwide — including about 2,100 in Florida — employ about 2 million home health care workers who help an aging population stay in their homes by providing care such as cooking, bathing, cleaning and companionship. (more…)