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FLSA Facts: Understanding the Revised Companionship Exemption

Fact Sheet Wages & Benefits
October 6, 2015

This fact sheets answers key questions about the Fair Labor Standards Act’s companionship exemption, which was revised in October 2015. The fact sheet details exactly what the revised rule says, which workers will and will not be newly eligible for minimum wage and overtime protections, and how the revision will affect consumer-directed programs.

Key Takeaways

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor published its final rule narrowing the “companionship exemption” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
As of October 13, 2015, the rule will be in effect, with full enforcement beginning in January 2016.
Most U.S. home care workers are now guaranteed federal minimum wage and overtime protections.
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