The U.S. Department of Labor is currently considering proposed regulations that will improve working conditions for domestic workers across the United States. These regulations would place more workers who provide home care to persons with disabilities, including aging person, under the protections of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, the mechanisms for providing in-home care to disabled persons in the community are complex and underfunded. This raises the concern that these regulations will trigger unintended consequences unless the Administration takes additional steps.
Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center has submitted comments endorsing these proposed regulations. We have also requested one clarification and set forth additional steps required to achieve fair and just results for both the domestic worker community and the disability community.