Home Care Wage Case in Supreme Court Limbo

With only eight justices currently seated, the U.S. Supreme Court may be having to make some tough calls on which cases to consider—including one on controversial minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers. Already, the high court has delayed its decision on the home care case once. But the case—Home Care Association of […]

Can Employee Ownership End the Home Health Wage Wars?

Only a few weeks ago, home health care workers won a huge victory in a federal appeals court that made them eligible for the same minimum wage and overtime protections that nearly all workers are guaranteed. Since then, industry leaders have called for a review of the decision by the Supreme Court. Home care workers face […]

D.C. Court Hears Home Care Minimum Wage, Overtime Arguments

The ongoing debate on whether home care workers should be afforded minimum wage and overtime protections entered a new chapter Thursday in a Washington, D.C. courtroom. Three judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments from attorneys in the case Home Care Association, et al. v. Weil, […]

Home Health Aide is Fastest Growing Temp Job in 2015

The number of home health aides employed on a temporary basis is expected to increase significantly over the next four years, outpacing almost all other temporary occupations, according to recently released findings. Home health aide is the fastest growing temporary occupation among those paying a median wage less than $15 per hour, Forbes reported Tuesday, […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Overtime Wage Rules for Some Home Care Workers

Reversing a hotly contested wage rule decided earlier this year, a U.S. District Court ruling prior to the holiday Christmas that overturned certain minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers has spurred mixed reactions between advocacy groups and industry stakeholders.  Considered a major victory by home care trade associations, the ruling in the […]

Home Care, Home Health Sectors Poised For Growth — But Not In Wages

The home care and home health sectors are poised for growth in the years ahead, and not just because an aging population is increasingly looking to age in place at home.  New research shows the sectors rank among the fastest-growing occupations and also top the list of occupations expected to generate the most new jobs.  […]

Direct-Care Group Exceeds Fundraising Goal to Improve Home Care

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) recently raised $3.4 million to improve quality of long-term care by improving quality of direct-care jobs, exceeding the group’s first phase funding goal of $3 million. The amount was raised during the first round of PHI’s three-part Philanthropic Equity Campaign. PHI launched this five-year fundraising effort last summer with an overall […]

Bill to Address Aging Population Hinges on Advancing Direct Care Workforce

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers are launching a federal effort to help improve access to health care for older Americans that hinges largely on the direct care workforce. The Improving Care for Vulnerable Older Cisizens through Workforce Advancement Act of 2014, introduced this month by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), would advance the […]

Jobs Report: Fastest Growing Sector is Home Care, Not all Jobs Equal

Low-wage home care jobs comprise the fastest-growing sector in the nation at a current count of two million and an expected surge of 50% between 2012 and 2022, according a recent analysis by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.  The rate of growth represents nearly five times the growth anticipated across all other occupations in the nation, PHI […]

Obama OKs Wage Rule, Changes Landscape for Home Health Workers

Home care workers will now benefit from minimum wage and overtime protections following the announcement of a long-awaited rule—what some call a “victory” that has been two years in the making for the nation’s fastest-growing job force. Two years after President Obama pledged his “We Can’t Wait” program, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today […]