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In brief: New direct-care protections don't apply here

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Nearly two million direct-care workers — home health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants — will receive minimum wage and overtime protections starting in 2015 under a new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Pennsylvanians will not be among them, however, according to attorney Thomas Collins with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, because they already have those protections.

The state has been enforcing them since about 2009, when a legal challenge of the domestic services exemption to the state minimum wage act caused Pennsylvania to implement the same standards that the DOL is now mandating nationwide.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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