California Bill of Rights

California Domestic Workers Coalition

The California Bill of Rights (AB 241) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 26, 2013, and goes into effect on January 1, 2014. AB241 extends overtime protections to personal attendants who care for and support thousands of individuals and families in California. This legislative victory will improve working conditions for these workers and will in turn improve the quality of care that Californians receive.

The week of International Women’s Day, domestic workers across California are partnering with StudioRev to launch a Dignity in Action tour featuring the “NannyVan,” a colorful educational hub and sound system on wheels that will provide thousands of domestic employers, housecleaners, nannies, and caregivers with workshops and resources on domestic worker labor rights.

The Dignity in Action campaign tour will kick off our major “train-the-trainers” initiative to train dozens of domestic workers to lead “Know your Rights” workshops all over the state. By training domestic workers to give these workshops, we’ll be able to reach 1,000’s of domestic workers all over the state and make sure they understand their basic rights under the new law.

We hope to see you at one of our Dignity in Action NannyVan events:

Wednesday, March 5th, 9:30-10:45 am
LA Press Conference to launch the NannyVan’s CA Tour
Location: Downtown Los Angeles at Our Lady Queen of Angels - La Placita
535 N Main St, Los Angeles, A 90012

Thursday, March 6th, 11-12:30 pm
The NannyVan teams up with The San Francisco Public Library’s Story Hour
Location: 300 Bartlett St, San Francisco
Domestic worker leaders will provide Know Your Rights information and resources.

Friday, March 7th, 12-2:00 pm
Off the Grid
Location: 5th Street at Minna, San Francisco
The NannyVan lines up with lunch trucks and live music to provide creative activities to reach out to employers with Fair Care tips and tools.

Saturday, March 8th, 12-3:00 pm
Dignity in Action: International Women’s Day Celebration
Location: 5th Street at Minna, San Francisco

Celebrate International Women’s Day by honoring the leadership of the many women who made this victory possible. Artists, community members, and workers are invited to participate in California’s first-ever “Fair Care Coloring Competition,” play their hand at Domestic Worker Bingo, help create audio episodes for the Domestic Worker App (accessible by any kind of phone), and dance to the NannyVan Jams.

Read Frequently Asked Questions: Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 214), California Domestic Workers' Wage & Hour Rights »

This victory was the culmination of a four year campaign where domestic workers, employers, and allies traveled to Sacramento countless times to tell the stories of domestic workers who were too often working around the clock for low wages. Together we won dignity, respect, and basic protections for California Domestic Workers. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2014, but it will sunset (expire) in 3 years on January 1, 2017, at which time it can be renewed into law. Now we will work to educate the public and ensure that these rights are respected and keep organizing to defend the workers that make all other work possible.

Read more about the specific provisions of the law here:

Downloads:

Updated fact sheet on Bill! (English)
Domestic Workers Rights Fact Sheet (English)
Los Derechos de las Trabajadoras Domesticas (Español)

For Employers:

Hand in Hand: Domestic Employers Association
Contact: Lindsay Imai, lindsay@domesticemployers.org, 510-590-8253

CA Domestic Workers Coalition, Steering Committee Members

California Domestic Workers Coalition
Contact: Katie Joaquin, Campaign Coordinator, katie@mujeresunidas.net, (510) 261 3398

Graton Day Labor Center

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Filipino Advocates for Justice (Oakland)

Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (Los Angeles)

Mujeres Unidas y Activas (Oakland and San Francisco)

Pilipino Workers Center (Los Angeles)

Women’s Collective of Dolores Street Community Services (San Francisco)