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Bill to help domestic workers may hurt their clients

By Tracey Leong, tleong@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 09 2014 12:54:08 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 02:01:08 AM CST
 Bill to help domestic workers may hurt their clients
REDDING, Calif. -

The president of Interim Healthcare in Redding says Assembly Bill 241, which was designed to help domestic workers, could end up hurting those who need in-home care.

The bill went into effect the first of the year. Also known as the Domestic Workers Bill of rights entitles in-home workers to overtime pay.

“The impact it’s going to have on the elderly is just what saddens me,” says Robert Seawright, Interim Healthcare President and C.E.O.

Seawright believes the bill will make the care for many elderly people unattainable.

“It is going to cost them a lot more for the same amount of care,” says Searight.

AB 241 will for the first time allow home caregivers overtime pay when they work more than 9 hours in a day or more than 45 hours in a week. Seawright’s says his clients who need care 12 hours a day won’t be able to afford the overtime pay.

“Increase the cost of them having care that allows them to stay at home and most all are on fixed incomes,” says Seawright.

This could mean some people may need to hire more caregivers to split their shifts, or go to outside agencies they’re unfamiliar with.

“More people coming in their home now which is very disruptive to older people they don’t like change, it’s very difficult,” says Seawright.

What worries Seawright the most is the long term impact.

“We are all going to be getting older and we are all going to need help,” says Seawright..

Seawright is also concerned that many elderly people may turn to cheaper options like unregulated care with workers who are not certified.

For the full text of Assembly Bill 241 visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB241