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How the Fair Labor Standards Act Fails Home Health Aides and Consumers

By Bruce Vignery, Stacy Canan & Erin Morgan

Home health aides perform some of America’s most difficult work, and they do so without federal protections. Because home health aides are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, they are not guaranteed federal minimum-wage or overtime protections even though America’s demand for qualified home health aides is exploding as our population ages. The exemption of home health aides from Fair Labor Standards Act coverage has severe consequences not only for workers but also for consumers, and advocates across the country are working to improve home health aides’ wages in courtrooms and legislatures.

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