Lydia Edwards, 617-981-4790 MCDW
Monica Halas, 617-603-1666 Greater Boston Legal Services
(Boston, MA) Governor Deval Patrick celebrated the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on Wednesday, July 2, in a signing ceremony with domestic workers and their allies. After several years of garnering support and bringing the plight of domestic workers to the Commonwealth, the bill will become law. The bill goes into effect in 3 months with wage provisions by April 2015.
The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights amends Massachusetts state law to guarantee basic labor protections such as clarity on what constitutes working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and protection from the abuses of trafficking and from retaliation for asserting wage violations. This is the first bill of its kind in the state of Massachusetts, and the first in the country to require written contracts, notice for live-in workers and maternity leave.