Michigan Child and Adult Protective Services workers are now eligible for more overtime pay. That’s after the workers won a big arbitration decision for on-call employees.
Ray Holman is with UAW Local 6000, which represents the workers. He’s also a former Child Protective Services worker.
“It’s a very difficult and stressful work, and often in the middle of the night or on holidays. And it requires expertise and good training, and so those caseworkers deserve to be compensated fully,” Holman said.
There are now more situations that would qualify people working from home for overtime pay.
“The calls come in all of the time. So, often caseworkers are awoken in the middle of the night to handle situations. So now they’re going to be getting compensated for that and we’re overjoyed about that,” Holman said.
It’s not clear whether the state can or will appeal the decision. A spokesperson for the state Department of Health and Human Services could not immediately comment.