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.

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The bill is SB261 .

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