Advancing Home Care Worker Rights

After four decades of being excluded from the federal minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act, our nation’s two-million-plus home care workers are now finally covered by these laws, as new rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor went into effect in 2015. Below, you’ll find resources to help promote implementation of these rules within your state.

Home Care Rule: Implementation Resources

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s home care rule went into effect. Here are resources from NELP and our partners that explain the updated rule. We look forward to being a resource as states and employers implement the rule in a way that fulfills the requirements and creates better jobs and quality of care for workers and consumers.

Resources from NELP:

State-Specific Resources: 

More resources:

NELP’s Caregiving Work

Caregiving work is critical work that has long been undervalued.  In addition to promoting the federal home care rules reform, NELP partners with the local, state and national alliances and campaigns, such as the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Caring Across Generations to design innovative policies to expand rights of domestic workers, to raise industry standards and to ensure employers and consumers receive quality care and services.


News Releases

On HHS’s Proposed Rule Interfering with Home Care Workers’ Ability to Pay Their Union Dues

Yet another attempt by the Trump administration to undermine the ability of America’s workers to join together.

Posted Jul 12, 2018 Read More


Home Care Workers’ Long March to Justice

Home care workers finally are assured of the same federal fair-pay guarantees enjoyed by most U.S. workers.

via The Hill, Jul 1, 2016 Read More

News Releases

On the Supreme Court’s Decision Not to Hear the Home Care Industry’s Appeal

SCOTUS’s decision to deny certiorari is a major victory for home care workers.

Posted Jun 27, 2016 Read More

News Releases

Report Urges Accountability for Labor Standards in Home Health Care, America’s Fastest-Growing Jobs

The industry’s pervasive outsourcing of employer functions means workers often struggle to hold anyone accountable for labor violations.

Posted Dec 21, 2015 Read More

News Releases

Paying Home Care Workers $15/hr Would Put an Extra $16.5 Billion in Their Pockets and Add Tens of Thousands of Jobs to American Economy

Study on economic benefits of higher pay in fastest-growing industry comes as home care workers announce town halls across the(…)

Posted Feb 23, 2015 Read More


MSNBC: Home Care Workers Join the ‘Fight for $15’

Fast Food workers are welcoming a new and compelling partner to the Fight for $15. Today, hundreds of home care(…)

via MSNBC, Sep 4, 2014 Read More

Press Clips

Washington Post: D.C. Home Health Care Workers Organize to Seek $15 an Hour

NELP’s Caitlin Connolly joined U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in calling for a $15 wage for home care workers at(…)

via Washington Post, Mar 18, 2015 Read More
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