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Overtime Legislative Update: Overtime Protections under FLSA for Home Health Care Aides

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for above-the-bar-logo-no12.jpgWe previously wrote a Blog about home health care workers who filed a class-action lawsuit to recover unpaid wages. This post is an update regarding overtime wage protection for home health care aides.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) is preparing proposed legislation to cover home health care aides and workers who provide companionship service. The legislation is expected to be introduced in late 2011. Home health aides are currently not protected by federal minimum wage and overtime laws. However; the home health aides are protected under New York State law and entitled to an industry specific overtime rate.

The Fair Standards Labor Act was enacted in the 1940’s and some argue that it is antiquated for today’s times and employees. Earlier this year, the DOL announced it would introduce legislative updates to provide more clarity and greater compliance to increase employment awareness among employees. As part of this update process, the DOL proposed introducing new legislative protections for live-in domestic employees and employees who are considered to be industrial home care workers under FLSA.

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