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SEIU Sends Warning About Overtime Rules

Members of SEIU say the Rauner Administration's new policy limiting hours to 40 a week doesn't take into account what those who rely on home care workers need. (WICS)

Home care workers say they regularly work overtime. Now, because they're required by law to be paid overtime, the Rauner Administration is cracking down on their hours.

Members of SEIU say the Rauner Administration's new policy limiting hours to 40 a week doesn't take into account what those who rely on home care workers need.

Those who need more than 40 hours a week can hire additional help under the new rules, but workers say their clients prefer people they know and trust.

"These consumers have built a repertoire with this particular person. These consumers may have disabilities that require specific needs and they may put their trust in one person. They may have worked for this person for 20 years, and now they are changing it where they have to hire someone else to come into their home and provide this assistance," said Denise Groesch, Center for Independent Living.

The Rauner Administration says there are safe guards in place with the new policy to ensure that those who need more care get it.

Workers and clients were notified that they can continue getting care but that they would just need to find another person.

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