Appeals Court Upholds Minimum Wage For Home-Care Workers

On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a new Department of Labor (DOL) rule granting home care workers the right to minimum wage and overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The three judge panel ruled in Home Care Association, et al. v. Weil, et al. that the DOL was acting within its authority when it updated FLSA regulations extending minimum-wage and overtime provisions to employees of third-party agencies who provide companionship services and live-in care within a home. 

The ruling will affect an estimated 2 million home care workers who may now seek help from the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division if their rights are violated. 

For more information, please see: 

Kaiser Health News - Overtime Pay, Minimum Wage Protections For Home-Health Workers Reinstated 

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute - Understanding the Revised Companionship Exemption

From

Wayne Turner
Staff Attorney – DC Office
National Health Law Program
D +1 202 289 7661  ext. 307
F +1 202 289 7724 
turner@healthlaw.orghealthlaw.org

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