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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

News Release

Statement by US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on implementing
minimum wage, overtime protections for home care workers

WASHINGTON — Today, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts denied an application to stay a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholding the U.S. Department of Labor's Home Care Final Rule. The court's Aug. 21, 2015, decision will take effect on Oct. 13 as a result. In response, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement:

"We are pleased with today's order. The final rule is not only legally sound; it was the right thing to do. It will ensure fair wages for the nearly two million home care workers who provide critical services, and it will help ensure a stable and professional workforce for people who need those services.

"The department has led an unprecedented implementation program to help employers prepare for compliance, including offering an extensive and individualized technical assistance program, providing a 15-month period before the effective date, and adopting a time-limited non-enforcement policy."

As previously announced, the department will not begin enforcement of the final rule before Nov. 12, 2015, 30 days after the U.S. Court of Appeals decision takes effect. In keeping with the time-limited non-enforcement policy announced in October 2014 — between Nov. 12 and Dec. 31, 2015 — the department will exercise its prosecutorial discretion in determining whether to bring enforcement actions, giving strong consideration to the extent to which states and other entities have made good faith efforts to bring their home care programs into compliance.

The department has repeatedly encouraged states and other employers to take steps toward thoughtful implementation. It will continue to stand ready to provide technical assistance to states and other entities as they implement the final rule.

OPA News Release: [10/06/2015]
Contact Name: Jason Surbey
Phone Number: (202) 693-4668
Release Number: 15-1992-NAT