A federal judge has overturned Labor Department regulations requiring overtime and minimum wage protection for 2 million home health care workers.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon had scrapped part of the rules in December, and Wednesday he completed the process.
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In his decision, Leon says that the Labor Department's concerns about wages for home care providers are understandable, but that Congress is the appropriate forum in which to debate a complex issue affecting so many families.
President Barack Obama announced the rules in 2011, avoiding a trip through a hostile Congress that would have been required had the administration chosen the legislative path. Obama presented the rules with fanfare as part of a campaign to boost the economy through executive branch action.