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Judge Quashes Overtime Rights For Home Care Workers

Home healthcare workers join fast food workers and their supporter at a rally and march to demand an increase of the minimum wage to 15USD per hour, in Los Angeles on December 4, 2014.
Home healthcare workers join fast food workers and their supporter at a rally and march to demand an increase of the minimum wage to 15USD per hour, in Los Angeles on December 4, 2014.Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Since 1938, when Congress first required companies to pay their employees minimum wage and overtime, many home care workers have been left out of those protections. A year ago, the Obama Administration issued new rules to change that, extending those basic standards to cover most people employed to care for elderly or disabled clients at home.

The new rules were scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015, although the White House announced it would hold off on actually enforcing them, giving states more time to figure out how to shoulder the additional Medicaid costs. But now those rules have hit a fresh roadblock: A federal judge says they’re against the law.