Proposed bill would provide overtime protections to home care workers

August 2, 2010  |  Employment Law, Overtime Violations

California representative Linda Sanchez has introduced legislation that would expand overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to home care workers providing health care and domestic services to the elderly and disabled.  For 35 years, home care workers have been exempt from FLSA overtime protections, which requires overtime in the amount of time-and-a-half of the hourly rate to non-exempt workers for time worked over 40 hours in a week.

Rep. Sanchez says the new protections are needed to attract more home care workers to the field in light of the increasing demand for their services.  The number of Americans who need long-term care is expected to reach 27 million by the year 2050—over double the number in 2000—as more Americans age and prefer to be cared for in their own homes instead of more-expensive nursing homes.

For the full story, go to The Hill.

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