UPDATE: Kansas fights labor rule for home health workers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback says he's not sure the federal government knows the unintended consequences of a planned labor overtime rule that aims to protect domestic service workers.

Brownback met Thursday with home health care givers and their charges at the Independent Living Resource Center in Wichita to rally opposition to the regulation.

Kansas contends the rule that takes effect next year would increase the cost of services for Kansans who receive home-based care.

The state has asked U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez for an exemption or delay for disabled and elderly Kansans who direct their own care. The governor is asking the public to contact the Labor Department to voice their concerns.

The rule is designed to ensure domestic service workers are protected by federal wage and overtime rules.


Previous story:

Gov. Sam Brownback plans to outline how his administration is fighting a planned federal labor rule that aims to protect domestic service workers.

The governor scheduled a news conference Thursday at the Independent Living Resource Center in Wichita to talk about the issue.

Kansas contends the new rule that takes effect next year would hurt Kansans who receive home-based services that allow them to continue to live in their own homes. The state says it would increase the cost of services.

The state has asked U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez for an exemption for disabled and elderly Kansans who direct their own care.

The federal agency says the rule is designed to ensure domestic service workers are protected by federal wage and overtime rules.


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