Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime for Direct Care Workers

10.22.2013

The United States Department of Labor recently issued some new regulations regarding direct care workers (workers who provide home care services, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, and companions) which are effective January 1, 2015.  The regulations entitle these workers to receive at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay.

This shouldn’t be a big deal for New Yorkers, since the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed in 2010 (http://www.labor.ny.gov/legal/domestic-workers-bill-of-rights.shtm), but should serve as a reminder that all domestic workers (someone who works in another person's home, who is not related to them and is not a part-time job) needs to be paid at least minimum wage, overtime for hours worked over 40, and receive at least three paid days off after one year in your employ.