Providing Labor Protections for Home Care Workers

Sandra Butler, University of Maine

Single-mother Evelyn Coke toiled for decades caring for sick and elderly patients in their homes - but she did not enjoy wage and hour protections long-ago established for most U.S. workers. Now, at last, the Labor Department is on the cusp of extending protections to care workers like Evelyn.

Read Butler's informative brief here.

Learn more about Sandra Butler's research on conditions and policies affecting financial security for women across the lifespan. Butler testifies at public hearings and makes frequent media contributions to discuss policy issues in her state. For decades, she has worked for with the Maine Women's Policy Center and with Maine Equal Justice Partners, two organizations that commission research and do advocacy on behalf of low-income people in the state.

Recently, Butler has written a brief and a related OpEd for the Bangor Daily News highlighting new research evidence about what has happened to extremely poor families in Maine as tough new limits on cash assistance have forced their removal from state welfare rolls.

Teaming up with fellow SSN member and co-leader of the Maine SSN chapter Luisa S. Deprez of the University of Southern Maine, Butler has co-authored a number of informative briefs on educational programs for low-income Mainers. See their brief on Maine's Parents as Scholars Program and their brief on Maine's Competitive Skills Scholarship Program.

June 2013