Overturning a decades-old exemption, the U.S. Department of Labor has extended minimum wage
and overtime benefits to the mostly female and minority workforce of nearly 2 million home health-care workers.
The Fair Labor Standards Act
will be extended to direct care workers, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. Those affected by the rule will receive the same protections as people providing similar services in hospitals and nursing homes, effective Jan. 1, 2015.