Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

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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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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