Stop unjust labor audits against California residential care homes, until a mutually agreeable plan of compliance and legislative solution is reached.
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We (6Beds, Inc.) are a non-profit collective of small (residential) care home owners and caregivers dedicated to provide a safe, affordable and comfortable family home setting for California seniors and developmentally disabled adults.
Presently, our industry is on the brink of a catastrophic collapse if the Department of Labor continues to enforce unjust labor laws that do not address the unique residential nature of our small care homes. Since its inception in the mid 1970's, small care homes were able to provide affordable care through a compensation model that offered its caregivers a fair wage—based on actual hours worked—plus complimentary food, board and lodging, transportation, utilities, laundry and supplies. Today, however, labor law enforcement and audits require us to pay our live-in caregivers 16 to 24 hour pay—whether they worked during those hours or not—at overtime and double rates. Our business model simply cannot absorb these staggering costs, forcing many of us to close our doors. Therefore, we are imploring California's Governor, Secretary of Labor and key legislators to stop these labor audits on small care homes until a mutually agreeable plan of compliance and legislative solution is reached.
If these unjust labor audits continue, a large number of California's small care homes will be forced into bankruptcy—shutting their doors to thousands of low income elderly and disabled adults, leaving our state with an even greater financial responsibility to provide for their care. On top of that, it will leave thousands of caregivers jobless, further taxing California's financial resources. This is a "lose-lose" situation for everyone involved—(1) the State, (2) the care home owners, (3) the caregivers and most importantly, (4) the residents they care for, who will be displaced or relocated to an institutionalized facility—costing California taxpayers six to ten times more than what it currently costs to care for them in these small care homes.
Stopping these labor audits—at least temporarily—gives our lawmakers the opportunity to come up with a mutually beneficial solution between the care home owners and their caregivers, but most importantly, allows these small care homes to keep on caring for their residents without fearing a back-breaking audit that would force them into bankruptcy or worse, lose their own home after all the years of devotion they have poured into caring for our elderly and developmentally disabled adults.
Please support our petition to stop the Department of Labor's unjust audits on California's small care homes, until our lawmakers can put in place a solution that is appropriate for our industry.
To learn more about us and our cause, please visit our website (www.6beds.org) and read our latest press release:
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