The U.S. population is aging. That’s why home health care is one of the fast-growing occupations. In the past, home health care workers were not eligible for the same overtime or minimum wage protections as their institutional counterpoints. The Department of Labor tried to close this loophole in 2013, by adopting new regulations that extended overtime and minimum wage protections to the nearly two million home health care workers. When the regulations got challenged, a lower court ruled that the overtime and wage protections were unreasonable. Last month, a federal court of appeals disagreed. It upheld the DOL’s extension as reasonable under the law. Pending appeal, the DOL’s regulations will go into effect, so third-party home health care agencies need to get prepared.