The U.S. Labor Department won't start enforcing its new rule requiring higher pay for many home healthcare workers just yet despite a recent court decision upholding the rule, the department announced last week.
The new rule won't go into effect until 30 days after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issues a mandate making its opinion effective. Whether that mandate comes any sooner isn't yet clear. Industry groups have asked the court not to issue the mandate until after they try to appeal the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The rule was otherwise slated to go into effect Oct. 13.
Last month, the court upheld the department's new rule after industry groups challenged it. The department and labor groups say the rule will mean fair wages for home healthcare employees, while industry groups say it will make home healthcare unaffordable for many seniors.