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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 13-1922-NAT

Date: 

Sept. 17, 2013

Contact: 

Jennifer Marion or Jason Surbey

Phone: 

202-693-5795 or 202-693-4668

Minimum wage, overtime protections extended to direct care workers by US Labor Department (Simplified Chinese Version)


Nearly two million home health and personal care workers to benefit

WASHINGTON -- Fulfilling a promise by President Obama to ensure that direct care workers receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule today extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections to most of the nation’s workers who provide essential home care assistance to elderly people and people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities. This change will result in nearly two million direct care workers—such as home health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants—receiving the same basic protections already provided to most U.S. workers. It will also help guarantee that those who rely on the assistance of direct care workers have access to consistent and high-quality care from a stable and increasingly professional workforce.

Simplified Chinese Version (PDF)

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