The Obama administration is planning to approve a rule this month that would ensure home care workers are paid the federal minimum wage and overtime.
The Department of Labor said in its spring itinerary for regulations that it expects to finalize a rule in July that would extend minimum pay standards and the 40-hour work week to home care workers.
That would be a boon to an estimated 2.5 million people in the United States who are paid to help the elderly and people with disabilities manage everyday tasks.
Unions have long pushed for changing the rule, which was set in 1974 and meant for babysitters and neighbors who sit with the elderly. Times have changed since then, with an entire industry springing up to provide home healthcare to the greying population.