Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in California Assembly

August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Continuing our discussion on domestic workers, I want to call attention to the fact that a Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights (AB – 889) is currently pending in the California state assembly. The bill would expand labor protections for California domestic workers such as nannies, housekeepers and home health aides by extending those who must receive overtime pay, guaranteed sleeping time, five-day work weeks and meal breaks. The bill is in a Senate committee as of last week.

Photo: KQED Forum

Listen to a very informative discussion about the Bill’s pros and cons here. Proponents desire to protect the rights of vulnerable workers, whose rights are often trampled because their workplaces are so private and isolated from view. Opponents say that new measures that make the cost of in-home care more expensive would render such care unavailable to low-income seniors and people with disabilities. It is a very thorny, and complicated debate.

What are your thoughts?

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