Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

With new protections tied up in the courts, home health care workers aren’t waiting around

With new protections tied up in the courts, home health care workers aren't waiting around

From New York to California, domestic workers are fighting to make new rights a reality.  Rachel M. Cohen, The American Prospect – April 3, 2015 Almost two years after the Obama administration extended historic labor protections to the nation’s 1.79 million home healthcare workers, those new rights remain in limbo. In September 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced plans to amend a longstanding regulation that has excluded them from earning the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, and compensation for travel on the job. For home healthcare workers in the United States—a group that is nearly 90 percent female—this move […]

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Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

From Labor’s Edge & AFSCME It is inconceivable but true: in 2015 there are workers in America that don’t have the right to a minimum wage. What’s worse, these workers are responsible for taking care of the most important people in our lives—our grandparents, parents, friends, and loved ones who require in-home support to stay safe and healthy at home. And thanks in part to our aging baby boomers, homecare is the fastest-growing occupation in America. Homecare workers, who recently joined the national Fight for $15 are speaking out and organizing for change. On March 19th, workers in California will […]

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Wage-Theft Claims Filed Against State

Wage-Theft Claims Filed Against State

By Julia Clark-Riddel, Santa Barbara Independent Stephanie Eppert and her daughter, Jessie, celebrated with a rare treat of ice cream last fall when news arrived that overtime and the minimum wage would be paid to in-home health-care workers. But the celebration was short-lived. Eppert — a single mother who takes care of her daughter, who has Down syndrome — learned days before the new law was to go into effect on January 1 that a federal court had struck down the addition to the Fair Labor Standards Act. California officials soon decided to halt overtime payments to the In-Home Supporting […]

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Justice for IHSS providers: Take action

Justice for IHSS providers: Take action

As you know, the equal rights that we fought so hard for last year have been put on hold, but this is not the last word on overtime. UDW homecare workers are taking action to respond to Governor Brown’s decision not to pay us overtime, travel time, and medical wait time after a federal judge overturned the decision to include caregivers in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We’ve launched a statewide petition with over 6,000 signatures and met last week on a statewide conference call to talk about our next steps. And we’re doing so much more! Here are […]

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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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