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UDW Legislative Update: Winning dignity for home care workers and our clients

UDW Legislative Update: Winning dignity for home care workers and our clients

UDW is a union for home care providers by home care providers, which means we are committed to the issues that are important to caregivers and our clients and loved ones. Together, we are a strong voice for seniors, people with disabilities, home care providers, and working families at the Capitol. In 2016, in addition to permanently ending the 7% cut to our clients’ IHSS hours, we’re sponsoring legislation that would start our work to secure unemployment insurance, Medicare, and Social Security benefits for family providers. Here are the bills UDW is sponsoring, supporting, opposing, and watching in 2016: BILLS […]

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Update on our work to improve the IHSS payroll system

Update on our work to improve the IHSS payroll system

Late paychecks and timesheets impact our ability to provide for ourselves and our families. Many UDW caregivers have expressed frustrations with the IHSS timesheet process, and our union heard us. We’ve been working on ways to update the process and make it easier for IHSS providers to receive our hard earned paychecks in a timely manner. Right now, we’re working on approval of an audit of the IHSS timesheet system that would determine what is and what isn’t working, and how it can work better for providers. A legislative hearing will be held at the Capitol on May 25th, and […]

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Important update: New overtime exemption for providers with multiple clients

Important update: New overtime exemption for providers with multiple clients

For the last two years, UDW has been urging the state to develop a special exemptions process to ensure that overtime is a great benefit for all IHSS providers and our clients. We are excited to announce the Extraordinary Circumstances Exemption, designed to help eligible IHSS providers who do not qualify for the Categorical Exemption. This exemption is for providers with two or more clients who need more than 66 hours per week of care combined. Providers who qualify will be allowed to work up to 12 hours per day, up to 360 hours per month combined for all of […]

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Working Californians win the Fight for $15

Working Californians win the Fight for $15

April 4, 2016 Today, we took a big step forward in our fight for justice for home care workers and families. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), which creates a plan to raise California’s minimum wage incrementally to $15 by 2022, and provides all workers with paid sick days. “We must bring balance to an unbalanced system,” said the governor minutes before he signed the bill. For home care providers, including UDW’s 92,000 IHSS workers, this new law will have a monumental impact. Currently, we make on average just $10.71 an hour, and work without […]

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Take advantage of FREE tax prep & find out if you qualify for the CA Earned Income Tax Credit

Take advantage of FREE tax prep & find out if you qualify for the CA Earned Income Tax Credit

The deadline for filing our IRS tax returns – Monday, April 18th – is approaching. And this year, a new cash back tax credit is easing the financial stress of many California families. The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a new state tax credit aimed at putting much needed money back in the hands of California’s lowest income families. The CalEITC has the potential to help about 600,000 families – including qualifying IHSS home care providers. The credit will boost incomes and help many low-wage workers provide for their families. With the CalEITC, families who live paycheck to […]

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