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!
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.
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.
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.
If you live in Illinois, please tell your state senator to support the SB 1708, the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!
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.
Victory! The California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights ends generations of exclusion from basic labor protections. The California Bill of Rights (AB 241) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 26, 2013, and goes into effect January 1, 2014.
In 2013, Hawaii became the second state in the nation to enact a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.
In Hawaii as of July, 1, 2013
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!!
In September, 2013, the White House released new regulations and ended decades of homecare workers' exclusion from minimum wage and overtime protections.
First announced in December of 2011, the new regulations were put in place after almost two years of constant organizing by NDWA, Caring Across Generations, and allies across the country.
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.