Five Steps to Implementing the New Federal Home Care Rule

Source: PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute), New York Issue Brief, October 2015

From the press release:
PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute) has released new policy guidance to help New York State officials effectively implement the new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Home Care Final Rule. These considerations — described as “five key steps” — are meant to ensure that New York’s 300,000 home care workers are paid a fair wage in a timely manner, and elders and people with disabilities experience no disruption in their home care services and supports.

The new DOL home care rule — effective today — extends federal wage protections to 2 million home care workers across the nation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including the federal minimum wage, time-and-a-half pay for overtime, and pay for time spent traveling between clients. Implementation of the rule, which was published in the Federal Register two years ago and scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2015, was delayed by a court challenge from home care industry trade associations….