Wage Parity 2015 Rates

Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties

For the period of March 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016, the minimum rate home care aide total compensation will be $11.50, consisting of a base wage of at least $10.00 per hour, and supplemental (benefit) wages of up to $1.50 per hour.

Wages Per hour
Base Wage $10.00
Supplemental Wages $ 1.50
Total Compensation $11.50
Overtime Per hour
FLSA (½ times regular rate) $15.00 (if regular rate is $10.00)

Total Compensation may be satisfied entirely through wages, or through a combination of wages, additional wages and supplemental wages, with the following limitations:

The Base Wage is the minimum amount of the Total Compensation that must be paid directly to workers as regular hourly wages for all hours worked.

Supplemental Wages are the amount of Total Compensation that employers may satisfy indirectly, for example, by providing health insurance required by federal law.

Overtime is generally required at 1½ times the regular rate of compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as under the New York State Labor Law´s provisions for minimum wage and for domestic workers. The exceptions to this general rule that applied to most employers of home care workers and to certain non-profits prior to 2015 will become largely irrelevant after 2014 when the new FLSA overtime rules for home companions take effect. At that point, FLSA will require that such employers pay overtime at 1½ times the regular rate. For more information visit www.dol.gov/whd/homecare.