Many low-wage caregivers lack paid sick leave and health care, increasing the risk of exposure for a vulnerable population.
The new legislation comes in response to a Reveal investigation into widespread wage theft in senior care homes across the country.
New legislation and enforcement efforts are underway after Reveal’s investigation of exploitation in the industry.
There is virtually no accountability for care-home operators that fail to pay caregivers in accordance with the law.
Rat bites, bedsores and other injuries plague residents in many homes cited for labor violations.
The request marks the federal government’s first steps to tackle the systematic abuse of care homes’ mostly poor, immigrant workers.
Caregivers work intimately with the elderly. They bathe, dress and feed them and help with basic hygiene. But who looks out for the caregivers?