Home-Care Industry Wants Wage Rule Reversed by Trump Labor Chief

Home-care workers and an elderly patient.

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From Bloomberg BNA:

By Ben Penn

Industry advocates will urge the next labor secretary to reverse an Obama-era rule that extended minimum wage and overtime coverage to some 2 million home-care employees, a trade group’s top attorney told Bloomberg BNA.

“We will be seeking the reinstatement of the original rules on the companionship services and live-in domestic services exemptions once the new Secretary is confirmed,” William Dombi, vice president for law at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, said in an April 11 email. NAHC will ask for an in-person meeting to make this request, he said.

He would prefer the department to issue a new proposed rule that would restore the DOL’s earlier interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act for his industry’s workforce, Dombi added. The Obama administration said in 2013 that an exemption for employees providing “companionship services” and “in-home” domestic services only covers those who work directly for a client, rather than through a third-party agency or other business.

Read full article from Bloomberg BNA.