Home Health Care Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay
A “silver tsunami” is expected to hit the U.S. by 2030, when the number of citizens over the age of 65 is expected to reach more than 70 million nationwide. This population trend is already affecting the job market, with home health care workers (also known as in-home health care aides) becoming the second-fastest growing occupation in California. Despite the growth spurt, the majority of in-home health care aides are reportedly working an average of 84 hours per week – without overtime pay.
New federal and state laws could change all that, however.
The Obama administration has proposed a change in federal labor law that would make home health care workers eligible for overtime pay after working a 40-hour week. And, in California, similar legislation would give overtime pay after working an 8-hour day, plus guaranteed meal breaks and the use of their employers’ kitchens to prepare meals.
Home health care workers are typically females, heads of households and work full-time as caregivers. With the median salary at just $10 an hour for these types of jobs, providing employment protections for in-home health care aides is vital.
Home health care workers and other domestic caregivers will be legally allowed to file wage and hour claims, if employers fail to abide by these laws.
If you or someone you know has an employment dispute, such as a wage and hour claim, call 1-800-THE-LAW2. We can connect you with an employment lawyer who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.