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Home Health Aides Covered by Labor Laws

Nurse escorts elderly man using walker
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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The U. S. Department of Labor has issued new rules that could affect a large but seldom-seen part of Florida’s workforce: home health workers. While Florida’s $7.79 per hour minimum wage exceeds the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, so professional home-health agencies in Florida already pay more than the minimum. But many personal care aides and certified nursing assistants work directly for individuals and families, who may not know they have to pay at least $7.25 an hour plus overtime, if any. As Kaiser Health News reports, the new rules take effect in 2015. Industry representatives had fought the move, saying it will hurt seniors and the disabled. Currently under federal rules, home-care aides are lumped into the same category as babysitters.  

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.