On Monday, the GAO (General Accounting Office) issued a report to Congress on the impact of the 2015 Home Care Rule, which extended Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections to more home care workers. This report updates the GAO’s initial report in 2014, which reported that key stakeholders had differing perspectives on the potential impact of the Home Care Rule. The new report assesses the implementation and effects of the Home Care Rule using available data and interviews with various stakeholders, including HCAOA members, who were interviewed earlier this year.
The following is a summary of the findings:
The report also includes wage information and enforcement activities of the Rule. In 2019, there were 779 FLSA compliance actions involving home care agencies, which represented the majority of complaints. Of these actions, 89% found an FLSA violation. Another area of concern expressed by HCAOA was that the Rule caused some agencies to stop providing respite care for families due to the cost of overtime and this has resulted in additional stress for family caregivers.
Read the full report here.