This policy brief highlights five measures that New York State can take to ensure the smooth implementation of a federal rule change, scheduled to take effect October 13, 2015, that will extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to home care workers. For example, the brief suggests that policymakers take steps to collect more accurate data on the workforce in order to properly budget for the rule change. It also recommends the creation of a home care ombudsman position to inform workers of their new wage rights.
Home care workers should be paid full and fair wages in a timely manner.
Individuals who obtain support from home care programs should continue to receive high-quality services and supports without disruption.
In the long term, effective implementation will result in greater workforce stability and improved services for consumers.