Caregivers defeat attempt to limit hours to 40 per week and ban overtime

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On June 15, the Legislature voted to protect continuity of care for our clients and fund overtime pay for IHSS caregivers for the first time in history. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 855 into law, which outlines the rules around pay for overtime, travel time and medical accompaniment for IHSS caregivers.

SB 855 will:

This is a historic win for caregivers and our clients, and is the result of our collective efforts over the past six months to protect homecare in California. Together we:

“I testified at the Capitol this year because the proposals would have devastated my son and family,” said Placer county caregiver Cindy Chapman. “Now I can start thinking about how overtime pay will make a positive difference in our lives.”

Mary Burch, a caregiver from Stanislaus, would have been similarly affected by a 40 hour cap on caregiver hours. “This is a victory for caregivers and UDW. If the governor’s plan had gone through, I would have lost my home and my daughter Christy would have been sent to a group home. Now we need to keep standing up to get our hours back.”

As a union, caregivers are still fighting to end the 7% cut to IHSS hours. And we will keep fighting until we win—because we know that every hour of care is critical to our clients and loved ones.

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