A recent investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $2,125,429 in back wages for 456 workers employed by Good Family Support Services Inc., operator of Good Family Support Services, in Philadelphia. The home health care agency failed to pay millions in overtime wages to its workers as they struggled to make ends meet.
The Department of Labor found that the employer paid family care workers on an hourly basis but paid straight-time rates for overtime hours. Good Family Support Services also failed to record the number of hours that employees worked, and failed to record hourly rates, violating Fair Labor Standards Act’s recordkeeping requirements.
“Home health care workers provide essential services and have remained on the front lines, taking care of our loved ones and keeping us moving forward,” said an attorney for the Department of Labor “These employees deserve to be paid every cent they have earned.”
In New York, home health care workers must be paid at least the minimum wage and must also be paid overtime wages. However, there is a unique caveat in New York which allows employers to sometimes pay for less hours of work. Employers are only required to pay for 13 hours of a 24-hour shift if the home health aide sleeps for at least 8 hours, 5 of which must be uninterrupted, and receives 3 hours of meal breaks during the overnight shift. If the sleep and meal requirements are not met, the worker must be paid for all hours at the proper minimum and overtime rate.
If you are a home health care worker and believe you have been cheated out of your overtime pay, please call the attorneys at Pechman Law Group at 212-583-9500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your labor rights.