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Working as a caregiver in a private home, an assisted living facility, or nursing home is hard work. If this is your job, you probably work long hours and return home physically and emotionally drained. You may provide 24-hour, live-in help to the elderly or incapacitated.

Many residential private households, residential care facilities and nursing homes ignore overtime laws. These violations can deprive you of significant wages totaling thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If you are a caregiver employed by someone who refuses to follow wage and hour laws, you may be entitled to significant compensation.

Reading up on your rights is the first step toward claiming what you are due. Discussing the matter with an experienced attorney at Chaleff Rehwald Peterson is the next and most important step.