Bill Would Apply Minimum Wage, Overtime to Home Care Workers

nurse lifting patient.jpgThis week, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) introduced legislation that would extend the federal minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to most home care workers, improve federal and state data collection and oversight with respect to the direct care workforce, and create a grant program to help states recruit and train direct care workers. Specifically, the Direct Care Workforce Empowerment Act (H.R. 5902) would limit the “companionship services” FLSA exemption to those who work 20 or fewer hours per week.

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