Home health care aides in Palm Beach County may be entitled to overtime compensation if they work more than 40 hours in any given workweek. A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, though not binding in Florida, approved overtime payments to in-home nurses and may have an impact on similar workers throughout the country.
Palm Beach County has a large number of home health care aides and nurses working in people’s homes, due in part to its large senior citizen population. While the person receiving the care typically sets the hours and controls the type of services provided, most times the nurse is employed directly by a large company. These companies pay the in-home nurse an hourly rate, and, at least according to the Pennsylvania ruling, should pay them time-and-a-half for working overtime.
Who gets overtime pay?