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Companionship Exemption Rules Linger at OMB Past Review Deadline

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Companionship Exemption Rules Linger at OMB Past Review Deadline

April 22, 2013

Proposed rules that date back to 2011 regarding the companionship from wage and hour standards are currently at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) awaiting finalization. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the proposed rule, which would alter the regulations that currently allow companions of people with disabilities or seniors to be exempted from certain minimum wage and hour requirements. The proposed rules went through the notice and rulemaking process, and the last step before finalization is to be reviewed by the OMB. The OMB had a 90-day window to review the final rule, a deadline with passed on April 15 without any action being taken. The OMB may approve the final rules, or could send them back to the DOL with recommendations for revision.