Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

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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The latest news on overtime pay

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s two million homecare providers – giving IHSS providers a chance to earn time and a half overtime pay for the first time in history. But when a federal judge stopped the new rules from going into effect in early 2015, the Brown administration announced it would not pay IHSS providers overtime. UDW stands firm that IHSS providers have the right to overtime pay like all American workers, and that labor protection laws should be implemented without reducing any hours of support for […]

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The overtime pay that workers deserve

The overtime pay that workers deserve

Letters to the Editor, The Washington Post, July 3, 2015 Regarding the July 1 Economy & Business article “Employers fear Obama’s overtime plan may go too far”: Employers sometimes try to flout overtime laws by calling employees managers even if they perform routine work, such as stocking shelves. Workers should know, though, that just being called a manager does not deprive them of their rights to overtime. Federal labor laws require that employees who are denied overtime because they are “managers” have primarily management duties, such as overseeing the work of at least two employees and having the authority to hire […]

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How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

Laura Reyes, Huffington Post, June 23, 2015 It’s well established that union members earn substantially more than nonunion workers ($207 more a week), and are more likely to have health care coverage and solid pensions. What is less well known are the advantages that unions provide for all workers, not just those who belong to unions. It’s a fact: We’ve been creating pathways to the middle class for American workers for more than a century. Not only in the higher pay that all workers get – whether they’re union or not – in areas where unions are strong. But also […]

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