Nearly two years ago, the Department of Labor announced a new rule that would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. The rule was supposed to go into effect on January 1st, 2015.
But a lawsuit has given states an excuse to delay enacting this rule. So while states drag their feet, millions of home care workers are in limbo, and continue to struggle with low wages and without important on-the-job protections.
States have the responsibility to prepare for these new worker protections — and an equally important responsibility to make sure these new protections are put into place in a way that respects the civil rights of people with disabilities. We can’t accept poverty wages for hard-working homecare workers and personal attendants — and we can’t accept state plans that put people with disabilities at risk of institutionalization.
We're asking states to release their plans to implement the rule while improving services for home care consumers.
We'll deliver this petition to governors around the country on May 7th with a simple message: Show us your plan.
When you sign, we'll deliver the petition below to your governor:
US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez sent a letter to every governor on March 20, reminding them that they must prepare to ensure that state-funded homecare workers get the full Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections that other workers enjoy, and that states must have a plan that ensures the continuing independence of seniors and people with disabilities.
As residents of [YOUR STATE], we're interested in how our state will implement the new rules in a way that respects the civil rights of people with disabilities and aging residents.
What is our state's plan for implementation of the FLSA companionship rule? Please make the plan available by June 1st.