Jonathan Miano, The Times

The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week that it has reached agreements to correct overtime violations with 13 Indiana home health care companies, including two in Northwest Indiana.

The department found the companies in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime and recordkeeping provisions, including misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Statewide, 379 workers will receive more than $948,000 in back wages and damages.

“The U.S. Department of Labor welcomes the decisions made by these home health care businesses to correct the violations we identified,” stated Patricia Lewis, district director for the department’s Wage and Hour Division in Indianapolis.

“Our enforcement levels the playing field for other employers in this industry, and our education and outreach efforts continue to ensure that employers understand their responsibilities. Our efforts on both fronts protect responsible employers and hard-working employees.”

In Northwest Indiana, the labor department settled with Tender Love Home Services in Merrillville to pay 41 workers $23,118 in back wages and damages and 1st Option Adult Day Services in Merrillville to pay 10 workers $10,220 in back wages and damages. Neither company responded to requests from The Times for comment.


Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.