The Department of Labor’s historic change to the Fair Labor Standards Act is meant to ensure that after decades of exclusion, the people who do the vital work of helping our loved ones live independently in their homes would be guaranteed the same basic labor protections as every other worker.
These new minimum wage and overtime rules ensure the dignity of care work and stabilize and strengthen this vital workforce.
Unfortunately, the new protections were stopped by a federal judge. While the DOL appeals the ruling, home care workers continue to live in poverty, excluded from basic workplace rights.
Justice delayed is justice denied. States should not wait until this courtroom drama is resolved to quickly and effectively bring home care workers under these basic labor protections.
When you sign, we'll add your name to the pledge below, and use it to convince state officials around the country to do the right thing:
I believe that home care workers deserve fair pay and workplace protections that other workers take for granted. Quality care depends on quality jobs. States should act on their own to raise care worker wages and provide overtime protections, regardless of the ongoing court action.