The mission of the Pennsylvania Lifesharing Coalition is to promote, support and embrace the concept of Lifesharing and the philosophies of self-determination and everyday lives.

This fact sheet provides general information concerning the meaning of "employment relationship" and the significance of that determination in applying provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to home care services provided through shared living arrangements, including adult foster care and paid roommate situations. 


* DOL guidance regarding shared living arrangements

Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final overtime rule. Designed to increase the number of workers who are eligible to receive overtime pay, the final rule raises the white collar exemption threshold from $23,660 to $47,476

​​This Fact Sheet, along with the AI, provides guidance on how the FLSA’s requirements may apply to home care work that occurs in shared living arrangements. Because the design of shared living programs can vary greatly, the guidance in this Fact Sheet is not intended to be a substitute for a fact-specific analysis of any particular shared living program and, importantly, any particular arrangement for services under that program.

This user-friendly guide, developed with stakeholder input, explains who needs to follow the FLSA rules and how to follow them. The guide provides examples of situations involving hiring a home care worker directly, using a home care agency, and arranging care through a self-directed program.  It discusses paid providers who are family members of the consumer and who are live-in workers.

Extend to home care workers the basic wage protections that most American employees enjoy. 

Ensure that recipients of assistance and their families continue to have access to the critical community services on which they rely and that support innovative models of care that help them live in the community.