Last year, Governor Brown promised in-home caregivers equal treatment. The bill he signed into law would allow home care workers to earn overtime, wait time, and travel time pay for the first time in history. Now, he’s using an out-of-state legal challenge as an excuse to back away from his commitment for caregiver equality.
On Thursday and Friday this week, caregivers will be holding protests in Sacramento and across the state calling on the Governor to do the right thing. And we need your help to make sure their voices are heard. (Read more in the press release.)
In California, more than 400,000 home care providers deliver quality care to seniors and people with disabilities – saving taxpayers billions of dollars. But because their work is done in peoples’ homes instead of a hospital or nursing home, they don’t have the same rights to overtime pay and other protections.
The Obama Administration recognized this, and issued a new rule that helps bridge the gap of inequality for low-wage in-home caregivers by giving them the same overtime protections as other workers and ensures the continued delivery of quality care. And thanks to your efforts in 2014, the Brown Administration followed suit and signed a bill into law that implemented these protections right here in California.
But just hours before they were due to go into effect, the for-profit home care industry succeeded in temporarily halting these overtime protections in federal court. While Governor Brown could move forward in providing these protections right now, he’s chosen to delay implementation.
Show our home care workers that you support #overtime4caregivers, and urge Governor Brown to move forward with his promise of caregiver equality.