I would like to find a family caregiver or other organizations which could help me in my legal battle. Three students who were given room and board in exchange for 10 hours each of caregiving per week have sued for $200k in back wages. One was there one year, two 6 months. Because of recent law changes, I was told my legal position is unfavorable. Of course the students are lying. Unions are backing efforts of caregivers to organize and lead the way to a higher minimum wage in the country. They're poster children are immigrants who have been enslaved in the U.S. as domestic workers. The unions have supported new laws and regulations on the Federal and state levels. While I support a minimum wage increase generally, some of these laws and regulations are draconian, they seem to be union wish lists. They appear to have been enacted without any input from families with children or frail elders, particularly families with Alzheimer's patients. The laws can force the family to in essence provide virtually free room and board. The mandated wages can be higher than the minimum. The workers can collect wages during a full nights sleep in their own beds. This sleeptime can then trigger time and a half pay. The family can be forced to hire another caregiver to give regular caregiver a "break" during the day. The distinction between companionship and hands on care appears to be universally gone. Caregivers who simply reside in the house, basically as a renter without a family presence, and go about their online business or studies while being accessible to the elder, should there be a need, are apparently due 24/7 wages, including time and a half for overtime. Even before these draconian laws, family members who care for frail elders at home suffer isolation, lost of health, and the total depletion of assets and the loss of family houses. The burden for care often falls on the poorest and disabled woman in the family, without compensation. The new laws which mandate that caregivers be paid far more than the minimum wage, in actuality, will result in more of the burden falling on families. The laws will result in further loss of the family caregiver's health and shortening of their lives. The laws will result in a further decline of home ownership to the next generation and reduce the housing stock. Spare bedrooms of elderly people are now seen as an untapped resource. But as horror stories pile up, people will understand that renting them out the spare rooms or using them for student housing exchanges can lead to the tenant's legally taking over the elders houses by fraudulently claiming they worked for them.