New rules approved for home health care workers
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has approved new rules that extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health care workers.
The new rules will impact about 2 million workers.
Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974, when they were placed in the same category as baby sitters.
Their numbers have increased dramatically as the population gets older and is now one of the fastest-growing professions.
Labor unions and worker advocacy groups have been trying to make this change for years.
Some health care service companies say the higher wages will make home health care to hard to afford for many families.
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