Some providers are experiencing changes because of an overtime rule. This rule is NOT a result of the Union. The U.S. Department of Labor made changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA is the federal law that gives most workers in the United States minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The U.S. Department of Labor enforces the FLSA, and recently updated the FLSA rules about home care workers. Under the new rules, most home care workers must now be paid at least the federal minimum wage, and overtime pay. The U.S. Department of Labor calls this change the “Home Care Final Rule.”
To determine whether you should be paid overtime, visit: https://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/checklist.htm.
There is also a guide to help inform you and your employers available for download and printing here: https://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/homecare_guide.pdf
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Union office at 802-855-2853.