A proposed rule relating to Home Health Care Workers would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to require that Home Health Care Workers be provided overtime compensation. The FLSA currently has a companionship exemption that prevents Home Health Care Workers from receiving overtime pay. The proposed rule would limit the companionship exemption only to households or families that are directly paying the Home Health Care Worker’s services. Therefore, staffing agencies that provide the home health care services would be prevented from claiming the exemption and would be required to pay time and a half for any hours worked over 40 hours per week.
If you are a Home Health Care Worker in New Jersey and believe you are entitled to overtime pay, please contact our NJ Employment Lawyers for a free consultation.