In his decision, Governor Brown aptly asks, "What will be the economic and human impact on the disabled or elderly person and their family of requiring overtime, rest and meal period for attendants who provide 24 hour care?" He went on to ask, "What would be the additional costs and what is the financial capacity of those taking care of loved ones in the last years of life."
The Governor poses some appropriate questions that require further study before enacting a mandate. Some other questions to answer:
* How would domestic workers be protected if you cannot find them? The bill would've taken the live-in care industry underground, making workers more vulnerable.
* How would families be protected if a caregiver were injured on the job? When caregivers are hired directly by families, the family does not typically pay for worker's compensation insurance. That provides little recourse for the caregiver to get back lost wages, and makes the family vulnerable to litigation.
At Caring Hands Caregivers, our caregivers are our heart and soul. We make sure that they are paid fairly, are insured, and are protected from abuse. Our obligation to our clients AND to our caregivers is to provide great care.