The Department of Labor is attempting to close the overtime law exemption for caregivers. This exemption has been important for seniors because many need more than 40 hrs of care per week. Some utilize live-in caregivers who remain with them 24 hours a day. Care giving is a very personal service and freedom from overtime laws has allowed seniors to limit the amount of different people coming into their homes.
Caregivers have enjoyed this freedom as well. One example would be the single mom working 4 12-hour shifts per week. Having three days off, she would rack up 48 hours of pay per week. If this exemption is taken away, caregivers will not get overtime pay. Instead, their hours will be limited to 40 per week because the additional labor expense would have to be passed on to seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes.
Here at Comfort Keepers, we understand how important it is for our clients and caregivers that they have consistency in their schedules. We work hard to ensure that our clients get the caregivers they have grown to love, and that our caregivers get as many hours as they need to support their own families. We oppose this legislation and believe it will hurt the people it is supposed to help.
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