Fair Pay for Home Care Workers: Reforming the U.S. Department of Labor’s Companionship Rules Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
August 1, 2011
This report argues that the Department of Labor should remove home care workers from the purview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) companionship exemption. As currently structured, the exemption prevents home care workers from receiving guaranteed minimum wage and overtime protections. The report charts the history of the companionship exemption, explains the exemption’s impact on the field of home care, and recommends ways to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act.