Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peggie Smith on Labor Protections for Home Health Care Workers

Smith-150x150 Peggie Smith (Iowa) has written a legislative policy brief on labor protections for home health care workers for Direct Care Alliance, and advocacy group for direct care workers. From the description of the brief,

In Protecting Home Care Workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act, (PDF) the second in a series of Direct Care Alliance policy briefs, Smith says the decision “threatens to destabilize the home care industry, erode the precarious economic status of home care workers, and undermine the quality of care that they provide to home care clients.”

She outlines two approaches the federal government could take to reverse the ruling:
1. Amend the FLSA to explicitly include home care workers; and
2. Revise Department of Labor (DOL) regulations to significantly limit the reach of the companionship exemption.



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Assuming future expenses will only grow with inflation is a general flaw of the 25X rule. An early retiree may have to find their own health insurance rather than rely on a company sponsored plan. They may have to pay for their children’s college expenses,weddings, etc, even though those costs aren’t reflected in today’s expenses.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 9, 2009 10:21:49 AM

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