According to industry figures, home care workers currently about $8.50 to $12 an hour, compared with the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Republican lawmakers and industry figures have criticized the proposed changes, contending that they will drive up costs and mean that agencies will reduce the hours of aides who work more than 40 hours a week and hire additional workers. But Labor Secretary Solis says that “any increased costs would be modest” and pointed out that the changes will “level the playing field for staffing agencies, who will no longer be pressured to underpay their competitors on wages to gain an edge.”
My late grandmother and my late in-laws all were able to live in their homes for as long as possible (in the case of my grandmother, until she passed away) as a result of the care of home care workers. It is not easy work. Changing the FLSA to provide home care workers with a fair wage is an important step to make sure that they are appropriately compensated for performing the essential service of assisting the elderly and individuals with disabilities in the familiar setting of their own homes.
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