Governor Patrick signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law

Governor Patrick signed into law a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on Wednesday, making Massachusetts the fourth state in the country to provide protections for nannies and housekeepers that most employees at companies take for granted.

Under the new law, in-home workers will have basic labor protections including more clearly defined working hours and tasks, as well as freedom from sexual harassment, trafficking, and retaliation for complaining about wage violations.

Massachusetts Domestic Workers Win Rights and Protections Gov. Signs Landmark Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

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.

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Since 2007, NDWA has worked to organize nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers — many of whom work in a one-or-two-employer/one-employee relationship, behind closed doors in private homes.

Mariana Viturro, deputy director of the nonprofit organization, told ThinkProgress that alliance has focused on “worker-led grassroots campaigns.”

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Home caregiving is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States. Yet home health aides and other domestic workers, like nannies and cleaners, have very little protection under federal labor laws.

When New York became the first state to pass a domestic worker bill of rights, the National Domestic Workers Alliance collaborated with the women and minority-led non-profit art studio, Studio REV, to create an app to educate these workers about their rights.

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For most of us, it’s hard to imagine working seven days a week, sometimes until 3AM, cooking, cleaning and taking care of children. It’s even harder to imagine doing it for far below the minimum wage, with no overtime pay and without the ability to see a doctor or go out to dinner with friends. But it’s downright impossible to imagine doing it without access to your ID or passport, living in fear of deportation if you ran, but certain exploitation if you stayed. If your employer was a diplomat or other official, would people even believe you?  

Massachusetts Nannies and Housekeepers Now Protected From Long Days, Abuse, Sexual Harassment

Life’s about to get a little better for about 67,000 nannies, housekeepers and other in-home workers in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts is on track to become one of just four states to pass a Bill of Rights for the workers who are closest to us, yet often the least visible.

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Domestic Workers, Employers, Allies Present at Governor Malloy’s signing of the bill into law

Meghan Vesel, Brazilian Immigrant Center, 1-404-583-1682,
Natalicia Tracy,, (617) 784-2756

Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Passes Massachusetts House

Law Would Provide Fuller Labor Protections for state’s Domestic Workers 

Monica Halas 617-331-0622

(Boston, MA) Today the state’s House of Representatives passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights moving it one step closer to becoming a law that ensures workers have 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.