This decision prompted a protest on February 26 by dozens of caregivers and supporters of caregiver overtime, who took their complaints to the front door of Governor Jerry Brown’s residence. The protest is part of a month-long campaign to focus on this violation of the new California labor law - a ruling that was included in the 2014-15 state budget.
Why the about-turn? Even though $183.6 million in the current state budget and $314.2 million in Governor Brown’s 2015-16 proposed state budget has been set aside to pay for the changes, a lawsuit was filed by the Home Care Association of America and a number of other industry groups, claiming that higher wages and overtime would hurt business and make it difficult for families to afford needed care.
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State finance officials also said the ruling could be overturned on appeal. For now, those workers affected will continue to receive regular time at the locally bargained hourly wage in the same way hours were reported and providers paid in 2014. This decision could mean an increase in California overtime lawsuits…