Employment Law This Week (Episode 88: Week of September 25, 2017) has released bonus footage of its interview with Michael McGahan, a Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green.
As Mr. McGahan discusses, New York home care agencies typically pay sleep-in home health aides for 13 hours per day, relying on a 2010 opinion from the state Department of Labor. Two home health attendants who claimed they did not “live in” the homes of their clients filed suit against their employers, claiming that their patients’ need for 24-hour supervision required them to be working or on call for all 24 hours. They argued that they should have been paid the minimum wage for each hour. A state appellate court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that the 13-hour rule violates the state's minimum wage law. The Department of Health is currently reviewing the decision.
Employment Law This Week (Episode 60: Week of February 20, 2017) has released bonus footage of its interview with Michael F. McGahan, a Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green.
As Mr. McGahan discusses, the NLRB had approved an election in a proposed wall-to-wall bargaining unit that included different kinds of employees at Tito Contractors. On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the NLRB erred by failing to adequately consider evidence that the workers did not share a "community of interest," as required by the NLRA. For that reason, the court remanded the case to the NLRB for further consideration.