Los Angeles – On Wednesday, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) celebrated the passage of AB 889, the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, in the Senate by a vote of 21-13 in favor. The California Legislature takes up the bill on Thursday. Nannies, housekeepers, child care providers and caregivers in California would be eligible for overtime and meal breaks under this bill. The bill also would require that live-in workers be compensated if their eight-hour rest period was interrupted. This bill is not intended to regulate casual “baby sitters”. Regulations governing their working conditions would be set by the state Department of Industrial Relations. California would be the second state, after New York, to adopt such rules.
The following is a statement from Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), a regional immigrant rights organization based in Los Angeles.
“The California home is closer than ever to becoming a place where a live-in household worker, nanny, or caregiver finds respect and basic labor protections for a job well done almost always in silence and shadows.
For the first time in history since basic labor standards were established for every other worker except household workers and slaves, California’s AB889 is close to offering basic provisions for these hard workers.
History has once again sided with workers, this time providing overtime pay, meals, rest periods, and adequate sleep, debunking the indefensible age-old argument that it’s unworkable to recognize, value, and remunerate a woman’s work in the house.
Almost every family in California has needed the help and support of a caregiver, live-in nanny or household keeper at some point. Today, we are calling on Governor Brown to sign AB889 and give California families a tool to thank and improve the living conditions of those who have given their best to make life at home a little easier.”