Judge Axes Controversial DOL Caregiver Wage Regs

Law360, New York (January 14, 2015, 7:28 PM EST) -- A federal judge in the District of Columbia has vacated the remainder of a contentious U.S. Department of Labor regulation that would eliminate an exemption from minimum wage or overtime for most "companionship" domestic workers, saying the regulations run contrary to legislative intent.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon — in a sharply worded ruling that came less than a week after a heated hearing in which he hinted at his decision — said that a regulation promulgated by the labor department that narrowed the Fair Labor Standards Act exemption was an attempt by the agency "to do through regulation what...

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