Regulatory changes handed down from the Illinois Department of Labor will
impact home care workers by affecting their overtime. Now, homecare companies
will have to cut caregiving hours and force caregivers to work for multiple
employers in order to maintain their previous earnings. For clients, the
issue is that they will suffer inconsistency in their care because they
will have to see more rotating caregivers if they wish to avoid paying
In October, Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts—who is responsible
for managing all emergency filings in the D.C. Circuit—signed an
order that opened the door for approximately two million caregivers in
the United States to be eligible for overtime pay as well as minimum wage.
As America’s baby boomer generation ages, the demand for home care
has spiked. As a result, home care is now the fastest growing occupation
in the country, demanding new attention to old problems and inequities.
What Does This Mean for LifeCare Patients?
The decision affects individuals who receive care through agencies such
as LifeCare. Caregivers employed through businesses such as LifeCare must
now be paid overtime benefits. This means less consistency for patients,
as patients who wish to avoid paying expensive overtime fees will see
a more frequent rotation of caregivers.
Contact LifeCare Home Health & In-Home Services for More Information
We understand you may feel concerned about these changes. Our team is here
to answer any questions you might have. For more information, or a review
of the home care services offered by LifeCare Home Health & In-Home
Services, please feel free to
contact our office at any time 24 / 7 by dialing (888) 286-7554.