Minimum Wage and Overtime for Domestic Service Workers

Beginning in January 2015, many direct care workers, including certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides and other caregivers employed by home care agencies and other third party employers, will be entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay as a result of a new rule issued by the Department of Labor.  Generally, the new rule more clearly defines “companionship services” and limits the exemptions for companionship services and live-in domestic service employees to the individual, family, or household using the services. The Department of Labor Final Rule can be found here:

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about the rule can be found here:






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