The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor announced a proposal to extend the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime regulations to most home care aides. The FLSA currently exempts workers who provide “companionship services” from the minimum wage and overtime requirements. Its proposal would narrow this exemption to cover only workers providing “fellowship” and “protections” duties. Aides providing medically-related, personal care-related or household work would not be exempt.
The deadline for comments is February 27 and you may submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=WHD-2011-0003-0001.