Tuesday, November 12, Hearing on Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Employers of Domestic Workers Supporting the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Employers of Domestic Workers Supporting the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

10:00 AM

(Press Conference at 9:30 am)

MA Statehouse, Room B-1

Public Hearing before the Joint Labor and Workforce Development

Committee on the MA Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights!

Domestic workers are the backbone of our economy. Nannies, caregivers and house-cleaners keep our communities running by supporting our families and our homes, but have been undervalued and left to work without many key legal protections. As a result, many are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation on the job.

The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights amends Massachusetts state labor law to guarantee basic work standards and protections: 24 hours off per 7-day calendar week; meal and rest breaks; limited vacation and sick days;   parental leave; notice of termination; protection from discrimination, sexual harassment, illegal charges for food and lodging and eviction without notice; and a means of enforcing these standards. Domestic employers under the bill do not include state regulated staffing agencies or the employers of those who work as casual babysitters.

If you can come to the hearing or want to get involved in the campaign to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, please contact Marya Axner, 617-227-0888 or NewEnglandJLC@jewishlabor.org

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