Introduction of National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2019

On Thursday, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) announced they will introduce the very first National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights when the new Congress convenes next year. The bill, co-sponsored by Representative Pramila Jayapal and Senator Kamala Harris, would increase wages, labor conditions and protections for domestic workers. Domestic workers are often underpaid, and more than half of domestic workers are not paid enough to adequately support a family. The bill would require fair scheduling, meal and rest breaks, and the inclusion of domestic workers in the Civil Rights and Occupational Health and Safety Act protections. The bill also requires written contracts and protections from retaliation, more paid sick leave, healthcare, training programs, and retirement benefits. The bill also provides special protections to live-in domestic workers who are more likely to work long hours without breaks and are often always expected to be on call. Such protections include access to “panic buttons” in case of sexual harassment or threats, workers’ right to privacy, and adequate notice in case of termination. Adequate notice of termination is especially important for workers who would have to find a new home if they lose their workplace. Moreover, the bill would offer overtime for […]

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