On Friday, June 6, 2014 the Home Care Association of America, the International Franchise Association, and the National Association For Home Care & Hospice, filed a lawsuit, challenging the Department of Labor’s violation of Federal law when it changed the Fair Labor Standards Act companion exemption rule. The Department’s changes to the companion care exemption threaten the home care industry’s ability to provide quality care to seniors and individuals with disabilities. The three associations are filing this lawsuit to protect home care workers who will lose take home pay and working hours as a result of this rule, as well as access to affordable and high quality care for the elderly clients those caregivers serve.
A big concern from this rule is that home care workers will get less hours, and home care clients will lose the continuity of care that comes from having the same caregiver each day. The result will be higher turnover of caregivers and lower client satisfaction.
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