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AM Alert: Home care workers rally for overtime outside Brown’s office

One of California’s biggest budget battles last year centered on whether in-home aides who provide care for the elderly and disabled would receive overtime pay. After a 2013 federal regulation extended overtime to domestic workers, Gov. Jerry Brown sought to cap employees of the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program at 40 hours per week, warning that the federal rule could cost California hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

Caregivers and their allies launched a massive lobbying effort, eventually securing a budget deal that rejected those restrictions. But last month, a federal judge overturned the pay extension, which was supposed to go into effect at the beginning of this year, and the Brown administration announced that it had halted its planning to provide overtime, travel and wait time pay for in-home aides.

Now those workers are launching a “vigil” outside Brown’s office at the Capitol, calling on the governor to implement what they say was a promise to treat in-home caregivers equally to other workers. The vigil will take place daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting today.

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GOLD STAR: The James Irvine Foundation will present its 2015 “leadership awards,” which provide $200,000 grants to organizations “advancing breakthrough solutions to critical issues facing California,” noon at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on J Street. Attorney General Kamala Harris, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, are all scheduled to speak at the event, which will recognize Sandra Gutierrez of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors in Los Angeles, Jody Lewen of the Prison University Project at San Quentin, Nancy O’Malley of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, and Bill Pace and Beth Sirull of Pacific Community Ventures in San Francisco.

STUDENT SUCCESS: Does improved access to computers boost the results of low-income community college students? Do minority students perform better when taught by minority professors? UC Santa Cruz economics Professor Robert Fairlie presents two recent research projects of his, noon at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.

CHATTING CHIEFS: UC presidents past and present come together for a conversation on the challenges facing America’s higher education system and the University of California, 6:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Library in Lafayette. The event, hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, features current President Janet Napolitano and former President Mark Yudof.

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Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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