California Healthline: New Overtime Law Has Far-Reaching Effects on Home Health Care Industry

by David Gorn, California Healthline Sacramento Bureau

The basic tenet of a new home health care law seems straightforward and unassailable: Workers who work more than nine hours at a time are entitled to overtime pay.
But it may not be as simple as that. Many in the home health industry say the practical application of overtime will spell the end of live-in care and could actually result in lower earnings for home health workers.
On Jan. 1, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 241), created by Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), took effect. It regulates the number of consecutive hours for home health care workers and requires overtime pay for long work shifts.
California now is one of 16 states with some type of overtime requirement for home health workers. The law is about doing the right thing for both workers and employers, according to Lindsay Imai Hong, Bay Area organizer for Hand in Hand, a national association of domestic-worker employers.


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