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Polis: DOL Home Care Rule ‘a long-overdue victory for millions of working families’

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Washington, November 12, 2015 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, released the following statement today regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Home Care Final Rule, which took effect with enforcement this morning:

“After years of legal battles, home care workers are finally receiving the bedrock minimum wage and overtime protections that members of all other industries are afforded. That’s a long-overdue victory for millions of working families throughout the country. While this rule does not fix the problems of low wages and inadequate workplace protections that American workers in all industries face, it will help two million low-wage home care workers provide for themselves and their families and enable seniors and those with disabilities to have a more stable support system. I thank the DOL for their efforts on behalf of the growing ranks of home care workers in the United States, and I’m proud to have worked with them to bring this important rule to fruition.”

Polis signed an amicus brief earlier this year in support of the Home Care Final Rule in a federal appeals court.

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