Effective January 1, 2015, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections will be extended to most home care workers in Indiana and throughout the United States. Home health workers are the employees who care for people with disabilities and seniors. Prior to this change, neither Indiana employment laws nor Federal employment laws have provided home health workers with minimum wage protection or overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work in a workweek.
On October 6, 2014, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it will not be enforcing the new home health care worker regulations for the first 6 months the regulations are in effect. Although this development is disappointing, home healthcare workers may still file private lawsuits to enforce the new minimum wage and overtime regulations.
If you are an Indiana home healthcare worker, contact The Law Office of Robert J. Hunt, LLC for more information about your right to fair pay. This law goes into effect on January 1, 2015 and provides Indiana home health workers the right to be paid minimum wages and overtime. The Law Office of Robert J. Hunt, LLC is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and practice employment law statewide.