Be prepared. In early September, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, sent a letter to governors warning them about the the Home Care Final Rule, which mandates most home health-care workers to be paid the minimum wage and given overtime. It’s likely to affect nearly two million employees nationwide -- although the date when it goes into effect is still uncertain.
Under pressure from the federal government, states now have to figure out how to enforce this new rule. The first step is an inventory of all their home care programs. Then, ideally before the complaints start pouring in, states will have to have develop plans for oversight. For example, since there’s now a mandate to cover travel time to and from a job, states have to find a way to monitor the now-reimbursable expenses associated with transportation.