Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

The 2015 proposed state budget: How it impacts IHSS providers and our families

The 2015 proposed state budget: How it impacts IHSS providers and our families

January 16, 2015 Last week Governor Brown announced his proposed 2015-2016 state budget, which includes restoring funding for IHSS and ending the 7% cut to our clients’ hours. We are thrilled with this announcement and are calling on lawmakers to support the state’s proposal to protect quality care for seniors and people with disabilities. Over the next six months, UDW members will be working diligently to end the 7% cut. The Governor’s proposed budget restores funding to IHSS through a restructured tax on managed care health plans, which would need to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. If […]

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Homecare workers deserve overtime pay – and so much more

Homecare workers deserve overtime pay – and so much more

For-profit homecare agencies are threatening our new rights to overtime pay. But we’re fighting back. In December 2011, UDW caregivers Michelle Wise and Elva Munoz stood next to President Obama as he announced some major news. The regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) were being amended to extend a minimum wage, overtime pay, and other wage protections to America’s homecare workers, including IHSS providers, for the first time. It’s hard to believe, but homecare workers have been denied these rights since the FLSA was passed over 75 years ago. The exclusion was rooted deeply in injustice – the law […]

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History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights

History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights

By Eileen Boris & Jennifer Klein, TIME January 13, 2015 Home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights Over the last year, the nation has seen a tumultuous wave of low-wage workers contesting terms of employment that perpetually leave them impoverished and economically insecure. It’s a fight in which home-care workers—one of the fastest growing labor forces—have long participated, as home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights. Their work is becoming ever more important in our economy, with over 40 million elderly Americans today and baby boomers aging […]

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Overtime update for IHSS providers

Overtime update for IHSS providers

Update 1/23/2015: The fight for equal rights continues! Previously a judge issued another order halting overtime and other wage protections for homecare workers. But this is not the last word on overtime — the Department of Labor has filed an appeal to a higher court! We continue to urge Gov. Brown to move forward with overtime pay for IHSS providers in 2015. Sign the petition here. The state will still be issuing the new timesheets for use starting January 1. Please use the new timesheets and record overtime, medical accompaniment time, and travel time accordingly. There is no workweek cap in effect while the […]

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California homecare workers demand equal rights despite court ruling

California homecare workers demand equal rights despite court ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Contact: Allison Padgett, 619-814-3307 California homecare workers demand equal rights despite court ruling Sacramento – Today, a district court in Washington D.C. issued a temporary restraining order to halt the Department of Labor’s rules that extend overtime pay and other wage protections to homecare workers starting on January 1, 2015. Homecare workers in California’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to uphold the state’s commitment to pay overtime, despite today’s action by a federal judge. “It is appalling that the for-profit homecare industry and its wealthy backers brought […]

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