Fair Labor Standards Act’s Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections Extend to Direct Care Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a final rule that extends the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections to most direct care workers. Direct care workers, which include certified nursing assistants, home health and personal care workers, are some of the lowest paid workers in the service industry. This change will impact nearly two million direct care workers, and will provide additional security to those who rely on the services provided by direct care workers.

The rule will be effective on January 1, 2015. To access additional information, fact sheets, webinars, and other materials, visit the Department of Labor’s web portal at: www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/.

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