Home Health Care Workers Finally Part of Minimum Wage Law

Did ya know they weren’t covered? That people who care for the housebound, elderly or disabled, one of the toughest jobs around, both physically and emotionally, were exempt from minimum wage laws (The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938) until the Obama Administration approved a rule change today. As of Jan. 1, 2015 they’ll be guaranteed protections by federal law for minimum wage and overtime rules.

Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974, when they were when they were placed in the same category as neighborhood baby sitters. But their ranks have surged with the aging population and the field is now one of the fastest-growing professions. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said the workers deserve the same legal protections as most other employees.

This is supposed to cover about 2 million workers, one of the fastest growing segments of workers in the country. With the aging of the baby boomers, people willing to do this difficult work are in demand. They should be decently paid, no?

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