Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

Make History: Value Caregivers

Make History: Value Caregivers

By Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, for the Ventura Star Women’s History Month is an opportunity not just to reflect on how far we’ve come but to look at how far we have to go and check whether we are making progress. Unfortunately, women’s progress is stuck in second gear. The wage gap remains; in fact, it widened in California from 2005 to 2012, dropping from 90 cents to 86 cents for every dollar men earn for equal work. Women who are middle-aged and older are not sharing equally in the recovery and are struggling in the job market. And women who […]

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Caregivers win pay for medical accompaniment and travel time

Caregivers win pay for medical accompaniment and travel time

When the Obama administration altered the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) last year to include homecare workers, it meant finally recognizing caregivers for the hard work we do and granting us the same labor protections that all working Americans enjoy. But did you know that this victory is about more than just overtime pay? The FLSA rule change also means that caregivers will be paid for time spent accompanying clients to medical appointments and for time spent traveling between clients. And, unlike overtime pay, the Brown Administration is not attempting to skirt the rules and avoid paying IHSS providers for […]

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Viewpoints: California’s domestic workers get a raw deal in budget

Viewpoints: California’s domestic workers get a raw deal in budget

By Senator Holly Mitchell for the Sacramento Bee Thursday, May 13th, 2014 Call it a “war on women,” or call it old-fashioned sexism, but 50 years after the brave activists in the civil rights and women’s movements took to the streets to end inequality and shed light on systematic workplace discrimination, women are still getting paid 20 percent less on average than men, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only does equal pay continue to elude us, but a recent proposal in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget would subvert recent economic progress earned by low-wage women in California. […]

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Governor Brown: Don’t cut the Heart of Homecare

Governor Brown: Don't cut the Heart of Homecare

Caregivers and our clients gathered on Valentine’s Day to make valentines to send to Governor Jerry Brown. Our message? We are the “Heart of Homecare” and Governor Brown’s proposed budget will hurt the families, seniors, and people with disabilities who depend on the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. Video en Español

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February is Black History Month. Do you know why we celebrate?

February is Black History Month. Do you know why we celebrate?

By Doug Moore When Black History Month was established in 1976, President Gerald Ford urged the nation to celebrate by honoring the accomplishments of Black Americans “in every area of endeavor throughout our history”. It is a month of celebration, recognition, and reflection. To put it simply, UDW celebrates Black history because it is our history. What do I mean by that? For starters, Black history is labor history. The workers’ rights and civil rights movements have worked side-by-side for many decades. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw the importance of recognizing the shared struggles of each movement—and was assassinated […]

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