Accurate Timekeeping and Effective Scheduling Now More Important
Effective January 1, 2015, direct care workers employed by agencies and other third-party employers are entitled to receive at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay.
Direct care workers provide home care services, such as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, and companions.
For any home care agency or other third party employer, it will be required to pay at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay to any direct care worker you jointly or solely employ, regardless of the worker’s duties.
Also effective January 1, 2015, agencies and other third party employers may no longer claim the overtime pay exemption for live-in domestic service workers.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, though many states have their own minimum wage laws. When a worker is protected by both state and federal minimum wage laws, the worker is entitled to the higher minimum wage.
Workers who are covered under federal overtime pay protections must be paid at a rate not less than one and one-half times their regular rate of pay after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
Agencies are also required to keep accurate and complete employee time and pay records for any nonexempt direct care worker employed, including hours worked.