Posts Tagged overtime

Fair pay in best interests of homecare consumers

By Dorie Seavey and Eileen Boris, Kitsap (CA) Sun, 5/7/13 California home care workers and consumers won a major victory when an agreement was reached to limit proposed cuts to service hours in the In-Home Supportive Services program for fiscal year 2014. Yet home care workers in California and across the nation still await another critical decision that will affect their paychecks and their dignity: whether a federal labor law will continue to exclude home care workers from minimum wage and overtime protections. In December 2011, the Obama administration announced a proposal to revise a decades-old rule that denies basic […]

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Act now on fair wages for homecare aides

The Hill’s Congress Blog.  Where lawmakers come to blog By Bruce C. Vladeck – 03/06/13 President Obama speaks frequently about the need to strengthen America’s middle class by creating more good-paying jobs and making the tax system more equitable. How the Congress will react to his proposals is highly uncertain, and what will emerge from the legislative process is unpredictable. But there is one action the president can take now that will accelerate movement of millions of Americans into the middle class, reduce inequality – and improve care for the nation’s elders and people with disability at the same time. […]

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Homecare aides await decision on new labor rules

National Public Radio All Things Considered  February 3, 2013 The industry has changed rapidly, but amendments on minimum wage and overtime have not. Home health care aides are waiting to find out if they will be entitled to receive minimum wage. A decades-old amendment in labor law means that the workers, approximately 2.5 million people, do not always receive minimum wage or overtime. The Obama administration has yet to formally approve revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would change that classification. On Dec. 15, 2011, Obama announced the proposal, and then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis offered her support for […]

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Workers, not babysitters

Bryce Covert The American Prospect January 24, 2013 There’s still a long way to go to ensure domestic workers have the same protections as other workers, but progress is coming. Some very welcome news may break soon for the domestic workforce: the White House appears to be close to announcing a rule change to the Federal Labor Standards Act, finally including home health aides—those who bathe, nurse, toilet, and care for the elderly and disabled in their homes—in its protections. It may sound out of another century, and it is, but home health care workers had been excluded from federal […]

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