Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced legislation on September 19 to ensure that home care workers are covered by the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime protections. The Fair Home Health Care Act of 2007 (S. 2061) would extend FLSA protections to all home care workers who are employed by a home care agency, work more than 20 hours a week, or perform home care on a regular basis. A companion measure (H.R. 3582) was introduced in the House.
Not sure of the bill's chances, but it sure seems to make a whole lot of sense when one considers the policy reasons behind the Fair Labor Standards Act.