Ruling Grants Millions of Home Care Workers Basic Labor Protections
NEW YORK, October 7, 2014 — Today the Department of Labor took an important first step in creating a sustainable and caring economy that works for both home care workers and consumers. By confirming its commitment to extend basic labor protections to home care workers, 2.5 million people – most of whom are immigrant women and women of color – will now be able to access minimum wage and overtime pay after 75 years of exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
“These new regulations are a historic step forward toward a future in which our families and communities can be supported by a strong and stable care workforce,” said Ai-Jen Poo, Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations.
“As states prepare for implementation to begin in 2015, we hope that they can act swiftly to ensure that needed services are neither cut nor delayed,” Poo continued. “We know that more needs to be done in order for it to really be progress, not only for workers, but also for consumers and families. We will continue to work to bring all stakeholders together – including policy experts, workers, employers, and advocates from the disabilities and aging community – in order to prevent any negative impact on access to services and to ensure that states maximize the benefits for all.”
First announced in December of 2011, the new regulations were put in place after almost two years of dedicated organizing by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Caring Across Generations, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, National Employment Law Project and dozens of other organizations across the country.
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