Department of Labor – Homecare Rule

Recently, Secretary Thomas Perez, Department of Labor, sent a letter to Governors advising them to be prepared to implement the Fair Labor Standards Act to domestic service (referred to as the Homecare Rule), and therefore be mindful of budgetary considerations. The rule, initially intended to be implemented on January 1, 2015, was put on hold due to a pair of rulings from the US District Court vacating provisions. The Department of Labor has filed an appeal, and in response, the Court of Appeals has ordered that it proceed on an expedited schedule. The case will be fully submitted in early May, and the Court of Appeals can issue a decision at any point thereafter. For more information, visit

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