Why a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights?

Source: Lauren D. Appelbaum, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA, Research and Policy Brief, no. 6, December 2010

In August 2010, the California State Legislature passed a Resolution for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This resolution highlights the work done by domestic workers in the state and the labor violations faced by these workers. The resolution calls for the fair treatment of these workers, noting that domestic workers have a right to be treated with respect and dignity. On November 29, 2010, New York State enacted a new Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which guarantees basic work standards and protections for domestic workers. In January 2011, a law that would prohibit the mistreatment and underpayment of domestic workers will be introduced to the California State legislature. If passed, the California law would go beyond its New York counterpart by providing paid days off and severance upon termination, in addition to an eight hour day and minimum wage assurances

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