Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

Judges weigh minimum wage, overtime rules for home care providers

Judges weigh minimum wage, overtime rules for home care providers

by Lydia Wheeler for The Hill, May 7, 2015 Two of the three judges on a powerful federal court appeared sympathetic to the Department of Labor’s push to make home care providers of third-party employers eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay during oral arguments on Thursday. At issue are workers who serve as aides for the elderly and disabled at home. While they are not providing healthcare, Judge Cornelia Pillard, of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, suggested they should be treated as other professionals. “It was the intent of Congress to give wage and labor protections to people […]

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Homecare and domestic workers – A history of people power

Homecare and domestic workers – A history of people power

Domestic work in America has long been seen as the work of women and people of color, and has not been treated as a valuable, intrinsic part of the American workforce. Our government’s failure to understand the essential role domestic workers play in our society — whether we are homecare workers, nannies, or housecleaners — has led to a decades-long denial of basic labor rights to homecare providers and all in-home workers. But we’ve never let that stop us. In fact, in-home workers have a rich history that dates back to the origins of today’s labor movement. In Atlanta in […]

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With new protections tied up in the courts, home health care workers aren’t waiting around

With new protections tied up in the courts, home health care workers aren't waiting around

From New York to California, domestic workers are fighting to make new rights a reality.  Rachel M. Cohen, The American Prospect – April 3, 2015 Almost two years after the Obama administration extended historic labor protections to the nation’s 1.79 million home healthcare workers, those new rights remain in limbo. In September 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to amend a longstanding regulation that has excluded them from earning the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, and compensation for travel on the job. For home healthcare workers in the United States—a group that is nearly 90 percent female—this move […]

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Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

From Labor’s Edge & AFSCME It is inconceivable but true: in 2015 there are workers in America that don’t have the right to a minimum wage. What’s worse, these workers are responsible for taking care of the most important people in our lives—our grandparents, parents, friends, and loved ones who require in-home support to stay safe and healthy at home. And thanks in part to our aging baby boomers, homecare is the fastest-growing occupation in America. Homecare workers, who recently joined the national Fight for $15 are speaking out and organizing for change. On March 19th, workers in California will […]

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Wage-Theft Claims Filed Against State

Wage-Theft Claims Filed Against State

By Julia Clark-Riddel, Santa Barbara Independent Stephanie Eppert and her daughter, Jessie, celebrated with a rare treat of ice cream last fall when news arrived that overtime and the minimum wage would be paid to in-home health-care workers. But the celebration was short-lived. Eppert — a single mother who takes care of her daughter, who has Down syndrome — learned days before the new law was to go into effect on January 1 that a federal court had struck down the addition to the Fair Labor Standards Act. California officials soon decided to halt overtime payments to the In-Home Supporting […]

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