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States Must Prepare for FLSA Home Care Rule Change

August 21, 2014

Advocates are urging states to take immediate action in order to prepare for an upcoming rule change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to home care workers.

To assist state advocates in educating their state governments, PHI has published a new advocacy tool.

Action Needed Now to Secure Fair Pay for Home Care Workers,” the ninth in PHI’s Value the Care! series, highlights several particularly important steps that states must take:

  • Gather reliable data on long-term services and supports and the home care workforce;
  • Analyze the regulation’s effect on Medicaid long-term services and supports; and
  • Allocate funds to pay for the FLSA rule change, if necessary.

At stake are consistent, quality care; consumer choice; and quality jobs for home care workers, the publication says.

The advocacy tool recommends several ways that people can take action, including calling their governor’s office, to ensure that the FLSA rule change happens as scheduled, on January 1, 2015.

— by Matthew Ozga

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