Many low-wage caregivers lack paid sick leave and health care, increasing the risk of exposure for a vulnerable population.
The new legislation comes in response to a Reveal investigation into widespread wage theft in senior care homes across the country.
There is virtually no accountability for care-home operators that fail to pay caregivers in accordance with the law.
Rat bites, bedsores and other injuries plague residents in many homes cited for labor violations.
California regulators aren’t taking action against care homes that ignore wage theft judgments.
For facilities that are violating wage laws, profit margins hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers.