Resources on Department of Labor Rule to Extend Basic Worker Protections to the Home Care Workforce:
Consumer Voice joined with other leading organizations representing the elderly to urge the Obama administration to give home care workers overtime and minimum wage protection. Twenty-seven national organizations, including the Consumer Voice, signed a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew asking OMB to allow publication “as soon as possible” of regulations that would bring home care workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Currently, Department of Labor regulations exempt from the FLSA more than 1.7 million workers who provide services to the elderly and persons with disabilities in their homes.
Understanding Direct Care Workers: A Snapshot of Two of America's Most Important Jobs - Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Home Health Aides (March 2011) This chart book highlights findings from two new federally sponsored national surveys: the 2004 National Nursing Assistant Survey and the 2007 National Home Health Aide Survey. Both surveys represent a major advance in the data available about two of America’s most important jobs -- certified nursing assistants working in nursing homes and home health aides work in home health and hospice care settings. The chart book is intended to help multiple audiences understand these jobs, issues, and challenges; and establish useful benchmarks as goals toward which improvement efforts might aspire. This chart is also available in PDF.
The PHI State Data Center This web-based tool hosting state-by-state profiles of the direct-care workforce, including nursing home aides, home health aides and personal care assistants. The data center provides charts with direct-care workforce statistics for each state. The website also features information on workforce size and projected employment growth, trends in wages for each direct-care occupation and information on health insurance coverage rates and reliance on public assistance; it provides links to legislation and regulatory developments pertaining to the workforce, state-based initiatives and other efforts to improve the quality of care and direct-care worker jobs, employer best practices and other resources.
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