The Department of Labor (DOL) Final Rule amending regulations regarding domestic service employment, which extends Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections to home care workers employed by third-party providers, had an effective date of Jan. 1, 2015.

The department has not begun enforcement of the Final Rule both because of its previously announced time-limited non-enforcement policy and because it is a party to a federal lawsuit regarding the amended regulations.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in that case in favor of the DOL on Aug. 21, 2015.

The department will not bring enforcement actions against any employer for violations of FLSA obligations resulting from the amended domestic service regulations for 30 days after the date the Court of Appeals issues a mandate making its opinion

The announcement was officially posted in the Federal Register on Monday.

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