In December of 2011, President Obama announced that his administration would extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to an estimated 2.5 million homecare workers. More than one year later, the rule changes to the “companionship exemption” of the Fair Labor Standards Act are under final review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. Meanwhile, members of the profitable home healthcare industry are lobbying to keep the status quo.
This recent editorial in The Hill makes clear how the "companionship exemption" is both deeply archaic and patently unfair.
In this video, Caring Across Generations Co-Director Ai-jen Poo explains how and why her organization is trying to transform long-term care in a way that recognizes everyone's dignity.