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

Home Care Workers Will Fight Trump Administration’s Latest Move to Silence Workers’ Voices

A new Trump administration rule prohibits home care workers from paying their union dues directly from their Medicaid-funded paychecks.

Posted May 2, 2019 Read More


Seattle Passes Historic Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

With this ordinance, Seattle is beginning to restore a measure of equity to domestic workers.

Posted Jul 26, 2018 Read More

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
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