California

The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights extends overtime protections to domestic workers and personal attendants who care for and support thousands of individuals and families in California. This legislation improves working conditions for homecare and domestic workers, and will in turn improve the quality of care that Californians receive.

Why the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights ​is Good for

Good for Workers 

Establishes labor standards that protect domestic workers’ basic workplace rights, including meal and rest breaks, clarity on what constitutes working time, sick time to care for themselves and their families, and freedom from discrimination and sexual harassment.

Good for Employers 

Ensures that employers receive the highest quality of care for their families and homes by affording domestic workers dignity and respect. Reduces turnover by providing greater stability for workers, and improves the health and safety of employers and their families by protecting domestic workers’ health.

Good for Commonwealth 

Provides domestic workers with safe and dignified work environments and employers with clear guidelines on their responsibilities that will bring domestic workers out of the shadows. Protecting domestic workers also protects the safety of our communities, ensures the health and well-being of the families of domestic workers, and strengthens the state economy by freeing up more individuals to participate in the paid workforce.

More About the Bill 

The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights extends overtime protections to domestic workers and personal attendants who care for and support thousands of individuals and families in California. This legislation improves working conditions for homecare and domestic workers, and will in turn improve the quality of care that Californians receive.

The bill was first signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 26, 2013, and went into effect on January 1, 2014. The initial version had a sunset clause of January 1, 2017, at which point the bill would expire. In September of 2016, The 2016 Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was signed into law. This updated bill removed the sunset clause from the bill of rights, making domestic worker overtime protections permanent in California.

The victory was the culmination of a four year campaign by the California Domestic Workers Coalition. Domestic workers, employers, and allies traveled to Sacramento countless times to share their stories of too often working around the clock for low wages. Together we won dignity, respect, and basic protections for California Domestic Workers.

For more information: 

Please visit the California Domestic Workers Coalition website to learn more