11/16/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/16/2022 13:01
DALLAS - Home healthcare industry employers seek workers willing to work hard and long hours to meet the daily living and care needs of clients - some with limited mobility - in the comfort of their homes. Too often, the U.S. Department of Labor finds employers like four Texas and Louisiana providers who fail to hold up their part of the bargain by not paying nearly 600 employees all the wages they've earned.
In all, the division's investigations recovered $1,207,162 in back wages for the affected workers.
"The majority of the home healthcare industry's workers are women of color and despite the critical work they do - and the tremendous compassion and commitment they show - their hourly wage rates remain among the lowest in the nation," explained Southwest Regional Wage and Hour Administrator Betty Campbell. "While our nation honors their service during National Home Health Care Month in November, the U.S. Department of Labor is determined to make sure employers respect their rights as workers, including the right to be paid proper and full wages as dictated by federal law."
In related news, the department today announced an ongoing Wage and Hour Division initiative focused on improving compliance by residential care, nursing facilities, home health services and other care-focused industry employers nationwide has made significant progress.
In fiscal year 2021, the division identified nearly $14 million in back wages owed to more than 17,000 healthcare workers. In its investigations, the division commonly finds violations related to employers failing to pay overtime when required, misclassifying workers as independent contractors and not paying them for time spent on work-related travel, or pre- and post-shift work.
In September 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 664,000 healthcare and social services workers left their positions and the field had more than 2 million openings.As the aging U.S. population grows and demand for home healthcare services increases, employment in a variety of healthcare sectors is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030- faster than the average for all occupations - adding about 2.6 million new jobs.
Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. The division protects workers regardless of immigration status and can communicate with workers in more than 200 languages.
Download the agency's new Timesheet App for Android and iOS devices to ensure hours and pay are accurate.