Assembly to vote on extending rights to domestic workers

Diane J. Savino

September 23, 2010

by Audrey Arthur, staff writer
September 21, 2010 5:32 PM
Domestic workers in California may be next in the long line of employees waiting to be included in protective labor laws. The California Senate passed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights on Aug. 23. and it will soon be reviewed by the California State Assembly and the next governor.

The upcoming bill, which is scheduled to appear before the next legislator in 2011, will include such rights as equal overtime pay, equal right to worker's compensation and the right to five hours uninterrupted sleep in adequate conditions.

Gov. David Paterson of New York signed the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Aug. 31 making his the first state in the nation to pass legislation protecting domestic workers. Once excluded from labor legislation, domestic workers in New York have been granted basic legal protection in the workplace.

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