Direct Care Workers in the News

A new rule proposed by US DOL would raise the minimum wage for VA hospital CNAs and other federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

A new guidance and updated fact sheet from U.S. Department of Labor help states make sure home care workers are paid fairly under the minimum wage and overtime rule.

Another excellent New York Times editorial on why U.S. Department of Labor must resist pressure to delay implementing the minimum wage and overtime rule for home care workers.

A family member, National Nurses United and a professor of labor and employment studies on the disaster that is the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn ruling.

A small raise for Massachusetts home care aides is a step in the right direction, but there’s a long way to go yet.

Great letter from DSPMatch project coordinator and co-founder Lance Hegland about “why we — individuals and families experiencing chronic illness, disability, or aging who rely on independent-living supports; independent-living support professionals; agency staff; licensing/regulatory team members; etc. — need to come together as a community.”

A New Jersey bill seeks to increase the regulation of firms that supply “companion services” to the elderly.

Michigan deals with the delicate question of where to draw the line when instituting a criminal background screen for home care aides.

Legislators and advocates argue that home care aides should be authorized to do more in New York State.

Another good editorial about the destructive effects of the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision.

Why a health policy expert in Canada is fighting for national home care standards.

A retired home health aide is one of the faces of poverty in this Kaiser Family Foundation video about low-income elders.

What’s wrong with this picture? The cost of long-term care services keeps climbing, outpacing inflation — yet wages for direct care workers remain way too low, often outpaced by inflation.

An Alameda County home care aide on why she and her colleagues deserve deserve better wages.

Why raising the floor for home care worker wages is critical–and why collective bargaining is needed to get the job done.