Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

Overtime pay has kept my family safe at home

Overtime pay has kept my family safe at home

My name is Toni Monique Taloa, and I’m a home care provider in Buena Park, California. I initially became a professional home care worker to take care of my elderly grandmother. My grandmother was originally assessed just 80 hours of in-home care each month – far less than she needed – by California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care program. My union, the United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930 (UDW), helped me successfully appeal the decision, and my grandmother’s home care hours were increased from 80 to 283 per month. As a person who honestly did not believe in the power […]

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Treating all work with dignity this Labor Day

Treating all work with dignity this Labor Day

It’s Labor Day weekend. For many Americans that means a three-day weekend to eat barbecue and enjoy the last days of summer with loved ones, but Labor Day represents a lot more. As we go All In for Care at the bargaining table to win better pay and benefits for caregivers, we should keep in mind the history of the holiday. Labor Day was created by union members in the late 1800s to recognize the contributions workers have made to building our country, and making it prosperous. Home care workers and other domestic workers have cared for our nation’s seniors […]

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Update on our work to improve overtime implementation

Update on our work to improve overtime implementation

After decades of exclusion from Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections, home care providers won overtime pay for the first time in history last year. And on February 1st, FLSA benefits began for eligible IHSS providers. Now, many of us are eligible to receive overtime, travel time, and medical wait time pay – great benefits for caregivers and our families. UDW caregivers fought hard to secure these new benefits, and now we’re working to make sure they are implemented fairly. Throughout the year, UDW members have lobbied and testified to lawmakers at the Capitol about the new program rules, and […]

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Our next big fight: Social Security for family providers

Our next big fight: Social Security for family providers

We need you to join us for our next campaign to help home care workers – winning Social Security and Medicare benefits for those of us who provide care to a child or spouse. Right now, IHSS providers who are the parent or spouse of their home care client are not eligible to make Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) deductions. FICA is the federal law that requires employers to withhold and match a tax deducted from their employees’ earnings to fund Social Security and Medicare. Because spouse and parent IHSS providers’ wages are not subject to the FICA tax, they […]

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Historic victory for IHSS providers – overtime pay begins next year!

Historic victory for IHSS providers - overtime pay begins next year!

  Nearly a year after going back on its promise to caregivers, the state of California finally announced it will begin paying IHSS providers overtime on February 1, 2016. The announcement came not long after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts denied a last ditch request by greedy for-profit homecare agencies to block the recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision that favored implementing the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Home Care Final Rule. “We’re celebrating this victory, because not only do we deserve overtime pay—we need it,” said UDW President and IHSS provider Editha Adams. “We work hard to keep […]

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