Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Court: Workers Providing Care in Own Homes Exempt from FLSA

A nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities didn't have to pay overtime to employees who used their own homes to provide domestic and companionship services to the disabled clients, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Jan. 5.
Affirming summary judgment for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arkansas, the court said the employees provided services in a “private home” within the meaning of the Fair Labor Standards Act's companionship exemption regulations that applied when the case arose in 2012. The Labor Department regulations' reference to a private home encompassed both a client's dwelling and the home of a service organization employee who chose to take clients into his or her home, the court said.

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