Two million direct care workers will see some major changes in their field thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor. In September the Department announced the final rule that extends the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum-wage and overtime protections to direct care workers including health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants. Director of the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau Richard Payne tells KZIM KSIM the CTC offers course for CNA’s and CMT’s, and he thinks the changes are overall a positive advance. Paynes says it makes it fair for all employees in the field in that they will have a fair standard of wages, and this will avoid one sector of work being treated differently.Payne says that some health care workers make above minimum wage already, but some do not, and this is a way to make it fair. The changes in the direct care and in home services will begin effective Jan 1, 2015.
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