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National Employment Law Project | 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 601 | New York NY 10038 | 212 285 3025 | www.nelp.org For Immediate Release: January 14 , 2015 Contact: Emma Stieglitz , emmaS@berlinrosen.com, 646 200 5307 NELP Decries U.S. District Court Judge s Decision Vacating Federal Minimum Wage Rules for H e Care Workers Employers Should Continue Implementation to Ensure Stability of Care and Services On Wed nesday, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued an order at the request of the home care industry and the International Franchise Association vacating the federa

l rule requiring minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers basic legal protections enjoyed by most other workers in our country. continue their plans to implement the fair pay protections for the home care workers. Because the rules, finalized in October 2013, gave employers and states an unprecedented 15 months to prepare for and implement any changes, many employers and some stat es have already taken the necessary steps to ensure minimum wages and overtime pay for their workers. The following statement can be attributed to , executive director of the 90 percent of whom are

women and half women of color should not be held hostage by the industry lobbying groups seeking to block these most minimal pay standards. worker shortages plague an industry that suffers from low pay. One in five home care workers lives below the poverty line. Nearly half are forced to rely on public assistance to make ends meet, burdening already cash strapped states. its workforce through a transparent and comp lete rulemaking process that stretched over five years. It has done the right thing by the affected workers, the clients they serve, and a vital growing sector of our economy. The

reforms adopted by the Department should move ahead, and NELP stands ready t o work with allies in the states to ensure a smooth transition. # # #


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