The United States Department of Labor Recovered Back Wages for Misclassified Home Care Workers in Louisiana

The United States Department of Labor announced that it recovered $422k in wages for home care providers misclassified as independent contractors in Louisiana.

NEW ORLEANS – While people employed in the home care industry are among the nation’s lowest paid workers and are routinely expected to work long hours to help those in need, these workers are too often shortchanged by their employers’ unfair and illegal pay practices.

In Louisiana, Department of Labor has determined the use of improper employment practices commonly found in the industry shortchanged 219 people employed by five companies in Baton Rouge, Greensburg and Shreveport. The companies are Assisted Hands LLC, Joy PCA Services LLC and Our Grace LLC in Baton Rouge; Quality Community Homes LLC in Greensburg and We Care Sitting Services LLC in Shreveport.

Investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division determined four of the five companies – with the exception of Assisted Hands – misclassified employees as independent contractors and paid them straight-time rates for all hours worked when they should have paid overtime for hours over 40 in a workweek. The division also identified Fair Labor Standards Act violations related to improper deductions from employees’ wages and failures to pay minimum wage and overtime as required.

“Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is particularly troublesome in the home care industry,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Troy Mouton in New Orleans. “These workers perform critical services and their employers must pay them every cent the law requires. The Department of Labor will continue to demand industry compliance and hold employers who violate the law accountable.”

Specifically, the investigations recovered back wages and liquidated damages and cited violations as follows:

EmployerTypes of violationsEmployeesRecovery
Our Grace LLCFailure to pay overtime94$241,008
Quality Community Homes LLCFailure to pay overtime, minimum wage34$67,906
We Care Sitting Services LLCFailure to pay overtime57$45,441
Assisted Hands LLCFailure to pay overtime, minimum wage28$43,043
Joy PCA Services LLCFailure to pay overtime6$25,086

Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. The division protects workers regardless of where they are from and can communicate with workers and employers confidentially in more than 200 languages at 1-866-4-US-WAGE (487-9243).

Source: Department of Labor recovers $422K in back wages, damages for 219 workers employed by home care providers in Baton Rouge, Greensburg, Shreveport  | U.S. Department of Labor

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