U.S. to Include Home Care Workers in Wage and Overtime Law

Under the new rule, home care aides, unlike baby sitters, would be protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the nation’s main wage and hour law…the administration said the new regulation would not take effect until Jan. 1, 2015…The delay until 2015 is to give families that use these attendants, as well as state Medicaid programs, time to prepare for the new rule.

Industry experts say most of these workers are already paid at least the minimum wage, but many do not receive a time-and-a-half overtime premium when they work more than 40 hours a week. About 20 states exclude home care workers from their wage and hour laws.

Source: New York Times

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