Victory for Home Care: Overtime and minimum wage protections

Homecare-BOS-20130129The Obama Administration has made good on its promise to extend federal overtime and minimum wage protections to home care work.

Thanks to the action by the Department of Labor on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, home care workers – like the 20,000 represented by SEIU Local 521 in the counties of Santa Clara and San Mateo – are finally invisible no more.

This rule is a step forward for quality care and good jobs. We all know home care is not marginal or casual work to be performed under poverty conditions.

Our hope is that the new rule will improve the quality of home care by reducing turnover and increasing the number of committed home care workers who enter and stay in the home care profession.

“The value of the measure adopted today is a major step forward towards treating home care work as the important occupation that it is.”
– Mary Kay Henry, SEIU President

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Read the Joint statement of CUHW, SEIU locals in California (ULTCW, UHW, and Local 521), and UDW on new FLSA rules governing overtime and federal minimum wage.

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