Labor Protections

We work to win labor protections for domestic workers by winning domestic worker "Bills of Rights" at the state level, pushing for regulatory changes at the national level, and through the International Labor Organization at the global level.

Historically, domestic workers have been left out of the labor protections given to other workers. We are working to right this historic wrong.

State Strategies

Click on the highlighted states on the map to learn about the Domestic Worker Bills of Rights that we are moving, or have passed, in different states.

Massachusetts Bill of Rights

July 2014 -- Victory! Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law, the fourth state in as many years. The Massachusetts Bill is the most forward-thinking bill of rights to date and sets the stage for even more comprehensive legislation in other states. The bill will protect workers and employers by requiring clear guidelines for employers and workers including: a written contract; 30 days notice of termination for live-in workers; and maternity leave for workers, among other protections. Congratulations, Massachusetts!

Illinois Bill of Rights

Illinois Domestic Workers

Domestic workers play a critical role in the Illinois economy, working to ensure the health and prosperity of Illinois families and freeing others to participate in the workforce. Despite the value of their work, domestic workers have historically been excluded from the protections under state law extended to workers in other industries. This has led to a workforce, predominantly composed of women supporting their own families, that is isolated and vulnerable.

Learn more about the Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, and how you can take action, at www.respectallwork.org

Connecticut Bill of Rights

In June 2014, the Connecticut Legislature established a Domestic Workers Taskforce.  This is a first crucial step towards winning comprehensive legislation to provide full and real dignity for domestic workers in the state of Connecticut.

Domestic workers play a critical role in Connecticut’s economy, working to ensure the health and prosperity of Connecticut families and freeing others to participate in the workforce. Despite the value of their work caring for children, elders and our homes, domestic workers have historically been excluded from the protections under state law extended to workers in other industries. This has led to a workforce, predominantly composed of women supporting their own families, that is isolated and vulnerable.

New York Bill of Rights

Inspiring Victory for Domestic Workers! We Made History! New York becomes first state to recognize domestic workers

After six years of organizing by domestic workers together with unions, employers, clergy and community organizations, the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (A1470B/S2311E) on July 1, 2010. Domestic workers are finally recognized as real workers under the law!!

International Organizing

Domestic Workers win Global Recognition with the Adoption of the ILO Convention for Domestic Workers

On June 16, 2011, the 100th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland adopted the First Convention and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. When the vote was announced, domestic workers unfurled a banner that read “C189: Congratulations! Now for the “domestic work” of governments- RATIFY.” Support for the Convention was overwhelming, with 396 voting in favor, and only 16 voting against (all employers), with an additional 63 abstaining. The Recommendation passed with 90% approval. Press Release »

Since then ten ILO members have ratified C189.

As a member of the International Domestic Workers Federation, the National Domestic Worker Alliance has been organizing with domestic workers around the world to win a strong ILO Convention with the standards and protections this workforce so desperately needs.