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California Caregivers Keep Fighting for Fair Pay

California Caregivers Keep Fighting for Fair Pay

By Olivia Sandbothe, AFSCME January 21, 2015 With a new legislative session underway in Sacramento, California’s home care providers are fighting for fair pay on two fronts. The members of UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 battled for the past several years to restore a 7 percent cut to the hours of care that home care recipients can get through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS). At the same time, on the national front, they joined home care providers across the country to fight for the same minimum wage and overtime protections that other workers have enjoyed since 1938. That hard work […]

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State Drops Overtime for Home Aides after Judge Tosses U.S. Labor Rule

State Drops Overtime for Home Aides after Judge Tosses U.S. Labor Rule

By Ken Broder, All Gov California January 19, 2015 Seizing an opportunity to save money at the expense of low-income home care workers, the Brown administration announced that it would take advantage of a court ruling (pdf) striking down new federal labor rules to ditch a state overtime law that took effect January 1. The ruling does not compel California officials to abandon the state’s new law; it just seems like a good idea. “In view of the fact the Federal requirements relating to overtime payments have been vacated by the court, California will retain the program structure that existed […]

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California won’t pay overtime to home aides after judge’s order

California won't pay overtime to home aides after judge's order

By Chris Megerian, LA Times January 17, 2015 California will not pay overtime to home aides who care for the state’s elderly and disabled after a judge overturned a federal regulation requiring it, officials announced last week. By not paying overtime and some related benefits, the state stands to save $183.6 million over the next six months and an additional $314.2 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The decision is a setback for home-care workers and their unions, who fought hard for the federal regulation and persuaded Gov. Jerry Brown to include the funds in the state […]

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U.S. judge rejects overtime for home health aides

U.S. judge rejects overtime for home health aides

By Chris Megerian, LA Times Thursday, January 15, 2015 California will not award overtime to home aides who care for the state’s elderly and disabled after a judge overturned a federal regulation requiring the higher pay, officials announced  Thursday. By not paying overtime and some related benefits, the state stands to save $183.6 million from its general fund over the next six months, and an additional $314.2 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the decision is a setback for home care workers and their unions, who fought hard for the federal regulation and successfully convinced Gov. Jerry […]

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Minimum Wage and Overtime for Home Health Workers Overturned by Federal Judge

Minimum Wage and Overtime for Home Health Workers Overturned by Federal Judge

by Ruth McCambridge, Nonprofit Quarterly Friday, January 16, 2015 U.S. District Judge Richard Leon overturned on Wednesday the new Labor Department regulations ordered by Obama in 2013, requiring overtime and minimum wage protection for home health care workers, saying that Congress should take the issue up. Prior to the order, home health care workers had been exempt from wage and overtime requirements per a law passed by Congress. Judge Leon wrote, “Here, yet again, the (labor) department is trying to do through regulation what must be done through legislation.” The rule was “legally sound and the right policy,” the Labor […]

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