Friday, December 26, 2014
Court overrules Labor Department on mandatory overtime for some caregivers
On Dec. 22, US District court judge Richard Leon struck down a Labor Department ruling guaranteeing caregivers overtime in some circumstances. Think Progress posted a big story on Facebook today here. Sam Hanahel has a source story from AP here.
The judge said that Congress simply didn’t give the administration the power to overrule the exceptions for primary “fellowship and protection” jobs, almost viewing them as a kind of servitude.
The ruling certainly is not good for immigrant women who often fill these jobs, and blunts the effect of the eldercare caregiving crisis on a personal level for upper middle class families.
Picture: Start of Piney Ridge Trail on Skyline Drive, VA, site of my very first mountain hike in 1961.