Disability advocates across the country have issued an SOS to try to save services that are threatened by a proposed federal rule regarding overtime pay.
In a nutshell, the U.S. Department of Labor has proposed dramatically raising the salary threshold for exempting certain types of jobs from being eligible for overtime. While the proposed rule is well-intentioned, it threatens to financially harm disability service providers because the federal government does not intend to provide additional funding to enable service providers to cover the increased overtime costs. Without increased funding, providers will be forced to reduce services or eliminate staff positions in order to comply with the new overtime rule.
ANCOR (the American Network of Community Options and Resources) has taken the lead in trying to address this situation. ANCOR is encouraging people with disabilities, family members and employees of disability service providers to send Congress an SOS asking elected officials to “Save Our Services” by providing additional funding so that providers can pay their workforce while continuing to provide quality services to people with disabilities.
Click here to learn more and to send an electronic SOS to your congressional representative and Senators.