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Labor Department Extends Wage Protection To Home Care Workers

Labor Department extends wage protection to home care workers

The U.S. Labor Department announced today that minimum wage and overtime protections will extend to home care workers.

The change affects nearly 2 million people and will start in 2015.

Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but experts say many workers are paid less and don’t receive overtime. This was due to a 1974 law that lumped home health aides in with casual babysitters, preventing them from receiving standard labor protections.

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