National Media Covers Delay in Home Care Worker Fair-Pay Rule
The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national media outlets covered the Department of Labor‘s (DOL) decision to delay enforcement of a new federal rule change guaranteeing basic wage protections for home care workers.
The rule change, which takes effect January 1, 2015, will extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
However, the DOL announced October 7 that it would not enforce the rule for six months following implementation. Following that six-month period, the DOL would enforce the rule only on a case-by-case basis from July 1 through the end of 2015.
Among the many news reports covering the DOL’s decision, the following included quotes from a statement by PHI President Jodi M. Sturgeon:
- New York Times: Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections Are Delayed for Home-Care Workers
- Wall Street Journal: Labor Department Upholds Home Health-Care Pay Rule, Delays Enforcement
- Associated Press: U.S. to Delay Enforcing Rule for Home-Care Workers
- The Hill: Feds Delay Penalties on Home Health Aides’ Pay
- Huffington Post: White House Delays Enforcement of Minimum Wage, Overtime for Home Care Workers
- MSNBC.com: Obama Administration Delays Raising Wages for Home Care Workers
- Kansas Public Radio: Labor Department Delays Overtime Pay for Medicaid Home Care Providers
- The Rick Smith Show, October 8 broadcast
— by Matthew Ozga