OT allowed for caretakers of disabled Illinois residents

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois General Assembly has overturned Gov. Bruce Rauner and adopted a law allowing home health care workers to get overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week.

The 68-42 vote in the House Wednesday allows disabled people aided by visiting workers to choose which ones they want helping them.

A federal rule at the beginning of this year required time-and-a-half pay for work over 40 hours. That prompted the Rauner administration to severely limit overtime pay.

Advocates say it’s meant disabled people had to find newcomers to finish up a few hours each week – people who are unfamiliar to the clients and hard to find for minimal hours.

Rauner vetoed the legislation last summer, citing cost.

The law takes effect June 1.


The bill is SB261 .

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