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California Home Care Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay Starting February 2016

California Home Care Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay Starting February 2016
More than 400,000 in-home supportive services workers in California will be eligible for overtime pay beginning next February.

The state of California will start paying home health workers overtime beginning February.

The decision by the Department of Social Services could benefit more than 400,000 in-home supportive services workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a regulation allowing overtime pay for home care workers in 2013. But it was on hold due to legal challenges from the home care industry.

Last month, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the overtime regulation.

"Bravo," said home-health worker Brooks Ashby who takes care of his elderly mother in San Diego.

“I think it’s about time," Ashby said. "This is an old program. It’s been here for a very long time, for 30 years, and we’ve never had it. And it’ll help out a whole lot.”

Ashby and other in-home supportive services workers in San Diego make $9.85 an hour. They’ll start collecting $14.77 an hour for overtime next February.

Home care workers care for the elderly or people with disabilities in their homes. Those in need of in-home supportive services apply to the state's program. If accepted, the person receiving the services hires the home care worker.