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Au Pair Wages Won’t Get High Court Review in Massachusetts Case

June 22, 2020, 1:34 PM

This U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider whether foreign “au pairs” who provide live-in childcare services for U.S. families must be paid according to Massachusetts wage laws.

The justices on Monday let stand a U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruling that said the State Department’s cultural exchange J-1 visa program for au pairs doesn’t override, or preempt, Massachusetts law.

Au pair sponsoring agency Cultural Care Inc. and hosts Erin Capron and Jeffrey Penedo argued in their petition for high court review that applying the state’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to participants in the J-1 visa program...

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