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California Home Care Workers Fight for Fair Wages


Even though a Department of Labor rule extending overtime and minimum wage protections to US home health care workers took effect on October 13, California home health care workers won’t see the benefit until February 2016. That’s when the California Department of Social Services says it will begin paying overtime to the more than 400,000 home care workers in the state. SEIU California President Laphonza Butler expressed her frustration with that decision, saying she believes caregivers deserve overtime pay for work currently being performed. Aside from Fight for $15, the union announced a new proposed ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 and ensure every full-time employee has at least six paid sick days per year.

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