President Obama announcing the proposed rule change in 2011. Karen Kulp, in brown, is behind the president (Home Care Associates)
When Charlene Hess got sick with a digestive illness, she went to the hospital as an independent 67-year-old who lived alone in her gated community in Sacramento, Calif. When she left, she needed help -- doing everything.
With help from her daughter, Jennifer Gunn, the two discovered there are people -- in this case two neighbors -- willing to help with everything from bathing to vacuuming to changing kitty litter: home health care workers.
These essential employees, who work in the privacy of people’s homes for a short time such as with Hess -- or long-term for the disabled or chronically ill -- don’t always make minimum wage or overtime pay because of a loophole in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
A change to the rule proposed back in 2011 could end this, but the Obama administration has yet to approve it. Workers are still waiting to hear if they will be entitled to receive minimum wage.
When contacted by Yahoo News about the proposed rule change, the White House Office ofRead More »from Home care workers in wait-and-see over minimum wage proposal