Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Time to Comment on FLSA Protections for Home Care Workers

DolUS Labor Department extends comment period on proposed rule to provide minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers to March 12.

The proposed rule would expand minimum wage and overtime protections by ensuring that all home care workers employed by third parties such as staffing agencies receive these protections. It also would clarify that individuals performing skilled in-home care work are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay. However, families that engage individuals for true companionship or fellowship activities, such as visiting with friends or pursuing hobbies, still would be considered "companions" and not be required to meet the act's labor standards provisions. To learn more about the proposed rule, visit http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/companionNPRM.htm.



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