Q: Is what my boss doing legal? Do they have to pay me for caring for two people at once?
I work for an inhome caregiving company in oregon. I had one client & I care for him at his and his wife's home. Recently his wife became ill and now my boss has required me to also care for her as well. My boss has also added extra hours to my schedule and I've even had to work four -16 hour shifts in 4 days caring for both & spending the night. I noticed that my clients wife is not on my work schedule at all- its still only just my one original client. I am exhausting myself caring for two people at the same time - & I thought my clients wife was going to be a whole new client- I am basically working a client for free. Is what my boss doing legal? (Also I know my client does have insurance through I believe military- he retired from the Navy). It looks like my boss is putting all the hours all on my original clients insurance when the new hours belong to his wife as well..What should I do about this?
A: Are you being paid for all hours worked? That would be the only legal violation I see here. I don't see anything unlawful about your boss having you care for two people. If you are not being paid for all the hours you work, there could be an overtime or minimum wage issue here. I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation if you would like more information.
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