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Kansas officials pleased by federal agency’s delay

October 8, 2014

— Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is pleased that the federal government is delaying enforcement of rules extending minimum-wage and overtime protections to home-care workers.

The Republican governor publicly opposed the initiative from Democratic President Barack Obama's administration set to take effect in January, saying it could increase costs of in-home services for the disabled and force them into institutions.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that it won't enforce the new rules against employers for the first six months. Also, from June to December 2015, the agency said, it will consider enforcing the rules on a case-by-case basis.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman Angela DeRocha said the concerns of in-home care consumers in Kansas undoubtedly played a key role in the federal agency's decision.

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