Caregivers win pay for medical accompaniment and travel time

UDW caregivers were present in 2011 when President Obama announced his intention to change the FLSA to protect homecare workers.

UDW caregivers were present in 2011 when President Obama announced his intention to change the FLSA to protect homecare workers.

When the Obama administration altered the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) last year to include homecare workers, it meant finally recognizing caregivers for the hard work we do and granting us the same labor protections that all working Americans enjoy. But did you know that this victory is about more than just overtime pay?

The FLSA rule change also means that caregivers will be paid for time spent accompanying clients to medical appointments and for time spent traveling between clients. And, unlike overtime pay, the Brown Administration is not attempting to skirt the rules and avoid paying IHSS providers for our work.

Starting January 1, 2015:

  • Caregivers will be compensated for time spent traveling between clients

Do you take care of more than one client? Do you visit more than one client in a day? Starting next January you will be paid for the time you spend traveling between clients on a given day. You may also be compensated for other types of travel – click here to read more.

  • Caregivers will be paid for the time spent accompanying clients to their medical appointments

If you perform IHSS-specific tasks on your way to, from, or at your client’s medical appointments that require your presence, you will be paid for this time starting on January 1st, 2015. You are already paid for the time you spend doing the IHSS-related tasks—but with this new ruling you will also be paid for your travel time and time spent waiting at the doctor’s office. For more information, click here.

Our union UDW stands for fair treatment of homecare providers and we continue to fight to make sure we get the same rights to overtime pay as all American workers.

 

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