For Immediate Release - September 17, 2013

Statement of Secretary Goldstein on Today's U.S. Department of Labor Ruling

BOSTON – Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s ruling to extend the Fair Labor Standard Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections to most of the nation’s workers who provide essential home care assistance to elderly people and people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities.

“As Massachusetts leads the nation in providing quality and affordable health care to its residents, we have also served as a leader to ensure all home care workers have wage protection in their jobs.  Today, the U.S. Department of Labor extended similar coverage to direct care workers in all states.  The home care industry has grown exponentially over the years, with a large segment of our population increasingly in need of these vital services.  Today’s wage and hour laws should value the labor of the industry’s dedicated workers who care for patients, including the elderly and disabled, at home.  I applaud the Obama Administration for supporting these workers.”

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