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Home care workers gain protections

New US rule widens overtime, wage coverage

NEW YORK — The Obama administration said Tuesday that it was extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s nearly 2 million home care workers.

Advocates for low-wage workers have pushed for this change, asserting that home care workers, who care for elderly and disabled Americans, were wrongly classified into the same “companionship services” category as baby sitters — a group that is exempt from minimum wage and overtime coverage.

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