Illinois social-service advocates are girding themselves for the worst as a new ban on most overtime for home healthcare workers goes into effect.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration said the state can't afford the extra money to comply with a federal government ruling that requires overtime to be paid at time and a half. The ruling took effect May 1.
The ban could save millions of dollars for the state, which is billions in debt. But advocates say it would cause chaos. The ban affects about 24,000 personal assistants and the disabled residents under their charge. The employees say they have trouble finding people to relieve them after 40 hours of work, adding that few people want to do such work for $13 an hour.
An Associated Press analysis of home healthcare workloads shows personal assistants claim about $14 million in overtime annually. The AP found about one-quarter of assistants work overtime, earning an average of just under $2,000 extra a year. —Aurora Aguilar