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IWJ applauds the DOL's new home care rule

IWJ applauds the DOL's new home care rule

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Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would extend some basic worker protections to 2 million caregivers through the country. Interfaith Worker Justice applauds the DOL for issuing the final home care rule, and is praying in thanksgiving to all the workers, advocates and organizations supporting the rule. This rule is good public policy, good for workers and good for the economy.

The home care rule is good public policy. The DOL deliberately sought out feedback on the rule and received 26,000 comments, of which 80 percent supported the proposed rule. The department thoughtfully addressed the concerns raised, including the need to provide adequate implementation time for the new rule.

The home care rule is good for workers. Two million workers who provide home care services will be protected by minimum wage and overtime rules. Given the increasing numbers of homebound elderly in the nation, home care services are big businesses. Workers deserve to be paid fairly and protected by the nation’s labor laws.

The home care rule is good for the economy. Home care workers are providers for their own families. The extra income generated will be spent on their own families in their own communities in ways that are good for a consumer-based economy.

“People of faith know that paying workers fairly is the right and moral thing to do,” said the Rev. Paul Sherry, President of Interfaith Worker Justice's Board of Directors. “This rule puts our values in the public arena."

Learn more about the new home care worker rule from the Department of Labor.

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