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Kentucky Senate Passes Bill to Exempt Home Care Workers from Overtime Pay

March 6, 2014

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill on February 24 to exempt home care workers from the state’s seven-day overtime law.

Under Kentucky’s current law, employees who work seven consecutive days in a row, regardless of the number of hours worked, must be paid time-and-a-half wages on the seventh day.

If SB 49 passes, home care workers — unlike most workers in the state — would be exempted from this state wage and hour law.

Senator Julie Denton (R), the bill sponsor, says the current rule “inhibits scheduling flexibility and can drive up employer costs,” according to an Associated Press article.

The bill passed in the Senate with a 34-1 vote and has moved to the Kentucky House.

— by Deane Beebe

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