On September 17, 2013, the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule expanding the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime protections to direct care workers who provide essential home care assistance to elderly people and people with illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. The final rule is effective January 1, 2015. The rule extends coverage of the minimum wage and overtime requirements to home health aides, personal care aides, and certified nursing assistants. Many employees and employers in the home health care industry will have questions regarding the appropriate implementation of the rule's requirements. Issues involving whether payment is necessary for rest breaks, meal time, or travel time are some of the concerns that can be addressed with competent labor and employment counsel.
Large employers are not the only ones subject to the reach of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Jennifer L. O'Neill, former assistant to Lady Gaga, has filed a Complaint against Mermaid Touring Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging violations of the FLSA and New York State Labor Law (NYSLL).