TAKE ACTION NOW: DOL Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule to Revise Companionship and Live-In Worker Regulations to March 21, 2012

Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule that, if finalized, will effectively eliminate the companionship services overtime and minimum wage exemption for home care workers. Originally, the DOL comment period was to end on February 27, but efforts by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio resulted in an extension to March 12. Now, with more requests received by DOL to extend the period for filing public comments and the Department’s desire to obtain as much information about its proposals as possible, it will extend the comment period until March 21, 2012.

Comments received between December 27, 2011, the date of publication of the proposed rule, and March 21, 2012 will be included in the rulemaking record. HCAF formally submitted comments this week on behalf of Florida’s home care industry, but we encourage providers to submit comments as well in order to show a united voice in the industry.

If you would like to make an official comment on the DOL proposed rule, you can do so through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. In order to leave a comment, follow these steps:

  • Visit http://www.regulations.gov
  • Click the “Search for a Proposed Rule” button
  • Enter “companionship exemption” in the keyword field
  • Select “Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service”
  • Click the “Submit a Comment” button and enter your comment

Please note that you will be required to give your contact information in order to comment.

More information is available at the Proposed Rule website.

Call to Action!

With the comment period extended, this means more time for Congress to intervene and potentially get the proposal withdrawn. Click here to contact Senators Nelson and Rubio and your representative and ask them to protect access to home care by maintaining the companionship services exemption for home care!

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