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U.S. Dept. of Labor urges Otter to bring Idaho into compliance with home-care minimum wage rule

The U.S. Department of Labor is urging Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to act on a new rule that requires home-care employers to pay most home-care workers minimum wage and overtime. Several states already include home health care workers in minimum wage and overtime-pay protections, the Idaho Statesman reports, but Idaho is not one of them.

A federal rule that took effect in October of 2013 requires the change, though it’s been held up by court challenges; last month, a federal appeals court upheld it, writes Statesman reporter Audrey Dutton. Her full report is online here.

 “Although the court’s opinion does not take effect immediately, and the timeline for issuance of the court’s mandate depends on various factors, I am writing to again encourage your state to thoughtfully prepare for compliance now,” U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez wrote in a letter to Otter.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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