Target: U.S. Department of Labor’s Carl Fillichio
Goal: Appeal recent decision that prevents caregivers from receiving fair pay
Caregivers have the huge responsibility of caring for the sick, injured, disabled, or elderly. However, since the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1974, these caregivers have been exempt from protection that allows them to receive minimum wage or overtime. Often, these caregivers receive salaries so low it can barely sustain them.
The Labor Department implemented regulations that would finally allow caregivers the wage protection they needed. Set to be effective starting in 2015, a recent decision overturned this ruling, stripping caregivers from their chance at justice.
Currently, these noble caregivers continue to work without fair pay. Many of these caregivers work long hours while some work multiple days straight at a time. However, their employers are not required to pay them minimum wage or overtime for the extra hours they stay.
Caregivers who live in their patients’ homes and stay 24 hours only receive payment for a partial part of the time they’re there. Regulation states that time is taken off resting and eating and therefore they do not deserve to be paid in full. However, what many do not realize is that caregivers work around the clock to provide service to their patients, often working throughout the night.
These people work so hard to provide care for those who are unable to care for themselves. The least they deserve in return is fair pay. Every person should be guaranteed to receive minimum wage and caregivers should not be exempt. For those live-in caregivers and caregivers working long hours, they of all people should be guaranteed overtime. They devote so much of their time and efforts to providing care to others and care should be returned to them.
Many argue that by implementing wage protection for caregivers it would deny the sick and elderly the chance for obtaining care in the first place. However, it is often the agencies employing caregivers that make a majority of the profit. By tightening these margins we can allow fair pay for everyone while still providing affordable healthcare. The individuals working hard to provide care deserve the pay, not big corporations.
It is time we reverse this ruling so that we can ensure caregivers receive the pay they deserve. With the recent overturn, we must demand an appeal so that this ruling can proceed. Caregivers do so much and it is time we protect them. By signing this petition you will be asking for this decision to be reversed so that caregivers receive wage protection.
Dear Mr. Fillichio,
Wage protection laws that require caregivers to receive minimum wage and overtime were set to be in effect January 1st of 2015. However, a recent ruling has halted this action and caregivers remain unprotected.
Working hard, noble jobs, caregivers provide services to the sick, injured, disabled, and elderly. Some argue that by requiring a pay boost for caregivers would take away the opportunity for care from patients who need it. However, agencies employing caregivers receive a high enough percentage of profit that it could be lowered.
Please help provide justice for caregivers by supporting an appeal for this decision. Everyone deserves equal protection and equal pay, especially those who do such an important job.
[Your Name Here]
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