Requiring overtime for in-home caregivers will have detrimental effects, says NFIB
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Federation of Independent Business(NFIB), the nation’s leading small-business association, submitted comments today to the U.S. Department of Labor warning of the potentially crushing effects of a proposed rule requiring overtime for home health care workers. The new rule would reduce the availability of in-home care while having no positive impact on workers’ wages.
“This proposal is a solution in search of a problem,” said Susan Eckerly, NFIB’s senior vice president for public policy. “Requiring overtime pay threatens to put the small firms which provide companion care out of business and jeopardizes the level of care their clients currently enjoy. The Department of Labor should keep the companionship exemption for minimum wage and overtime pay.”
Clients who receive in-home care from companion caregivers would face fundamental changes to the care they receive. For example, to deal with the high cost of overtime pay, employers may send caregivers in shifts to a client’s home, rather than allowing them to use one caregiver with whom they are comfortable. It would also substantially increase the cost to clients as employers deal with the cost and paperwork burden of the overtime mandate.
The NFIB’s comments to the Department of Labor area available at the following URL: http://www.nfib.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=910Us1v5amI%3d&tabid=1083
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.