Our mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities through service and advocacy. Imagine is a non-profit 501C3 organization providing Supported Living Services to adults with developmental disabilities living in Santa Cruz County. We also have a Resource Lending Library full of assistive products, communication devices and informational materials to share with the greater community!
Want to learn more about Imagine? Check out the films we made about our services at our video page.
A quick but important note to all Imagine Employees. On Monday, a Federal Judge in Washington D.C. ruled against the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to remove the Domestic Caregiver exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act. The decision may be appealed and may be stayed, so the labor rules beginning this coming Sunday are very much not clear.
Imagine management has made the following decision as an interim step while the result remains unclear.
The separation of IHSS from SLS hours will continue as we planned.
New schedules designed around the FLSA will be implemented January 1, as planned.
New policies governing substitutions, coverage and limiting hours worked will be delayed until further notice. However, we will only pay overtime premiums (at the time-and-a-half rate) if it becomes clear that the law requires us to do so.
We want you to be clear that if you are asked to cover extra shifts you should only choose to if you are willing to work those hours at the straight pay rate.
Another note, for anyone providing IHSS services to anyone: The new law enabling the changes to IHSS which you have been warned of and trained to was worded to go into effect only when the Department of Labor rule came into effect. It should be safe to follow the procedures you have been trained as of January 1 but we will try to get answers as soon as possible and make those available through Facebook.
As ever, if you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me