The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, long a nemesis of the Obama Administration, on Friday reversed a federal judge’s ruling that the Department of Labor (DOL) had overstepped its authority by extending minimum wage and overtime provisions to home health care workers.
As a result, the rule is now in effect and will in turn affect some 2 million home health care workers, who will now earn minimum wage plus time-and-a-half overtime. The rule applies only to home health care workers employed and sent to homes by third-party employers, however.
The three-member panel included two appointees by Barack Obama and one by George W. Bush. Even so, the vote was unanimous.
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