Labor Department Refocuses on Direct Care Workers’ Wages, Rights

Posted Saturday, November 27, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor has new initiatives to make sure that home-based, paid caregivers receive rightful wages and that their rights are protected.

Home-based caregivers, according to the Labor Department, are disproportionately women of color and have worked on the frontlines of the pandemic and often faced exposures to the virus.

“Professional caregivers have always been and continue to be some of our nation’s most essential workers. We look to them to care for us and our families and they deserve our appreciation, respect and protection,” said Acting Wage and Hour Administrator Jessica Looman. “The education, outreach and enforcement initiative we are announcing today will help ensure the rights of all workers are protected and employers who flout the law are held accountable.”

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