Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Signed By Governor Jerry Brown
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Domestic Workers Bill of Righs. This historic win will have a real impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of women in California. Movement Maker organization Mujeres Unidas y Activas was a key player in this effort.
Domestic workers, employers, and community leaders have been fighting for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights for seven years, and this year’s escalated efforts have turned the tide towards a historic victory.
Although domestic work has been regulated in California since 1976, many workers remained excluded from basic labor protections like overtime. This gap is based on the outdated notion that they work as “a source of rewarding activity” or “merely for supplemental income.” Thie Domestic Worker Bill of Rights recognizes that the domestic workers who care for California’s families should have the same basic labor protection that other workers enjoy: overtime pay for overtime worked.
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