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Due Respect: Minimum Wage Now Covers Home Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday it will extend the federal minimum wage and overtime protections provided by the Fair Labor Standards Act to direct-care health workers, who are among the lowest paid employees in the country. The inclusion, which goes into effect January 1, 2015, will benefit nearly 2 million people, 90 percent of them women, working mainly in homes. Their minimum hourly wage will now match that of most American workers—$7.25 an hour, and pay-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours a week.

Due Respect: Minimum Wage Now Covers Home Caregivers.

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Written by uocemagna

September 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Posted in Poverty

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