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PA Department of Labor and Industry Obtains $745,000 in Unpaid Wages to Direct Care Workers

Aging and Disabilities, Employment

PA Department of Labor and Industry Obtains $745,000 in Unpaid Wages to Direct Care Workers

Community Legal Services (CLS) commends the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for ensuring that direct care workers, who provide a variety of medically necessary and pre-approved services to severely disabled individuals needing care in their homes, were paid for their work. In March of 2015, more than 1,300 direct care workers lost their jobs and were not paid their wages for their final two weeks of work, until this week, when they finally received the compensation they were owed.

These direct care workers lost their jobs in March after Infinite Care, Inc. was indicted for Medicaid fraud in February, resulting in its closure with little warning to workers.  This cessation of operations was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer to be the largest of recent layoffs in Southeastern Pennsylvania (Indicted Home Health Company Closes, 1,324 Lose Jobs, March 20, 2015).

The Bureau of Labor Law Compliance, in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, obtained pay checks for these workers from the owner of Infinite Care, Inc., which amounted to more than $745,000.00. The Wolf Administration’s attention to this problem resulted in the mailing of pay checks from Infinite Care, Inc. by the Commonwealth for the bulk of the unpaid workers on July 10, 2015.

On behalf of CLS clients, as well as the rest of the more than 1,300 workers who were not paid their wages, CLS salutes and commends the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance in its effort and success in obtaining payment for these workers.  The receipt of these wages will have an immediate impact on the lives of the workers and their families, along with an immediate infusion of cash to local economies throughout the Commonwealth as workers use these wages to pay for food, housing, and other necessities.

Workers who haven’t received their last two weeks of wages owed from February of 2015 from Infinite Care, Inc., should contact the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance, in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (215-560-1858).

Suzanne J. Young, Supervising Attorney at Community Legal Services, said, “Kudos to the Department for resolving the problem of unpaid wages for so many workers across the Commonwealth. Low-income wage earners need to be promptly paid for work performed; such workers often don’t have a cushion which might help them wait for payment.”

About Community Legal Services, Inc.:

Community Legal Services, Inc. was established by the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1966. Since then, CLS has provided legal services to more than one million low-income Philadelphia residents, representing them in individual cases and class actions, and advocating on their behalf for improved regulations and laws that affect low-income Philadelphians. As the city's largest provider of free legal services, CLS assists more than 11,500 of Philadelphia’s poorest residents with their legal problems each year. For more information, contact 215-981-3700 or visit www.clsphila.org.

Date: 
07/14/2015