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Gov. Jerry Brown signs Domestic Worker Bill of Rights into law, surrounded by domestic workers

The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, AB241, will end generations of exclusion from basic labor protections.

The second measure of its kind in the country, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will protect a vital workforce that has labored in the shadows without protections for too long. It will provide housekeepers, childcare providers & caregivers with:

  • Overtime Pay
  • Meal & Rest Breaks
  • Adequate sleeping conditions for live-in workers.

Downloads: Fact Sheet (English) | Fact Sheet (Spanish) | AB241 Flier

The California Bill of Rights was endorsed by the New York Times on August 10, 2012, and again on September 13, 2013, and by the LA Times on August 2, 2013.

Domestic Workers Are Vulnerable:

The domestic worker industry is riddled with abuse, mistreatment, and labor violations. The mostly female and immigrant domestic workforce is particularly vulnerable due to the isolated nature of the industry, where women labor behind closed doors and out of the public eye. Furthermore, domestic workers are excluded from or discriminated against by most labor and employment laws. In fact, the exclusion of domestic workers from the National Labor Relations Act, means they are unprotected when asking for respect of their basic rights and are unable to collectively bargain for conditions allowing them to labor in dignity. California can level the playing field by enacting the following comprehensive bill of rights which seeks to eliminate discriminatory provisions in the labor code and grant domestic workers basic rights that other California workers gain through collective bargaining.