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Home Care Industry Fights New Pay Rules

New regulations that will require overtime pay and minimum wage for home care workers are getting pushback from within the industry and from the franchising sector. Home care workers are presently exempt from the Department of Labor minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, but won't be under new guidelines.

International Franchise Association president and CEO Steve Caldiera says the new requirement

. . . will only harm those who need companion care the most, our nation's seniors.

By requiring overtime pay for companion care workers, the Department of Labor is continuing its track record of imposing costly, burdensome and unnecessary regulations at a time when an increasing number of seniors are enjoying companion care as a cost-effective alternative to traditional care.

Public comments are open until March 12.

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