The Supreme Court has passed on an opportunity to review the Department of Labor (DOL) and its reinterpretation of “companionship services,” which brought minimum wage and overtime benefits to home care workers employed through staffing agencies.

In 2015, the DOL issued a final rule “to better reflect Congressional intent” that stripped home care agencies from relying on the DOL’s 1975 interpretation of “companionship services,” which had exempted home care workers from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The case under consideration was Home Care Association of America v. Weil. The trade association lawsuit had sought unsuccessfully to get the 2015 final rule overturned; the Supreme Court was its last opportunity.