People who take care of the elderly, young, or disabled will be eligible for time and a half their normal wage for hours worked in excess of nine hours per day or 45 hours a week.
Adela Gaunia of Sacramento has been working as a caregiver for five years. She says she leaves her employers if they don’t pay her fairly.
“They just give you whatever they want. And sometimes how they treated you. They ask you to work many hours without paying overtime. That’s why I always leave. And looking for someone to treat me as a human being,” says Gaunia.
Supporters of the law say that 200,000 people work in private California homes as housekeepers and caregivers, and most of them are immigrant women.
Some caregivers are exempt from the law, which will expire in three years.
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