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DOL/WHD RIN: 1235-AA05 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service 
Abstract: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) section 13(a)(15) provides an exemption from minimum wage and overtime compensation for domestic employees engaged in providing companionship services. FLSA section 13(b)(21) provides an exemption from overtime compensation for live-in domestic employees. In light of significant changes in the home care industry, the DOL is proposing to update regulations at 29 CFR part 552, Application of the FLSA to Domestic Service, including examining the definition of "companionship services," the criteria used to judge whether employees qualify as trained personnel who are not exempt companions, and the applicability of the exemption to third-party employers. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 552   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 213 (a)(15)    29 USC 213 (b)(21)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/27/2011  76 FR 81190   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/27/2012    
Notice of Extension of Comment Period  02/24/2012  77 FR 11021   
Comment Period End  03/12/2012 
Notice of Extension of Comment Period  03/13/2012  77 FR 14688   
Comment Period End  03/21/2012 
Final Rule  07/00/2013 
Additional Information: Previously reported as 1215-AB85.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Mary Ziegler
Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy, Wage and Hour (WHD)
Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-3502, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-0406
Fax:202 693-1387