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New California Law Gives Rights to Domestic Workers

In late September, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights into law. California is now the third state in the nation to provide labor rights to various domestic workers in positions that were generally unregulated. Workers covered under the bill, include:

  • Home health aides
  • Child care workers
  • Nannies
  • Various in-home helpers

The law expands domestic workers' rights by guaranteeing them the right to receive overtime pay and the right to use kitchen facilities. Earlier versions of the bill mandated workers' rights to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep and meal and rest breaks, but these provisions were stripped from the bill before it was passed.

Currently, only Hawaii and New York have laws that provide similar rights and protections to domestic workers. On a national scale, however, the Fair Labor Standards Act will be expanded to include domestic workers in 2015. This means that workers will be eligible to receive minimum wage and overtime pay. No protections from abuse or benefit requirements will be included and only in-home workers placed by outside agencies will be covered by the federal rules.

Domestic workers' advocates are confident that California's new law is a step in the right direction. For years, domestic workers have been among the most harshly treated segment of the nation's workforce. Many suffer from rampant mistreatment, unfair pay, and a lack of benefits because the industry is largely unregulated. As a large percentage of domestic workers are women and immigrants, California's Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights is also an achievement for these employment groups.

At Diefer Law Group, our Orange County employment law attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of all workers. We encourage local residents who would like more information about their workplace rights and how an Orange County employment lawyer can be of assistance to complete a case