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, domestic workers must be paid at least the MINIMUM WAGE of $7.25. They Must be paid OVERTIME compensation for hours worked over 40 per work week, and have the right to be free from discrimination and harm on the job
Why the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights is Good for
Establishes labor standards that protect domestic workers’ basic workplace rights, including meal and rest breaks, clarity on what constitutes working time, sick time to care for themselves and their families, and freedom from discrimination and sexual harassment.
Ensures that employers receive the highest quality of care for their families and homes by affording domestic workers dignity and respect. Reduces turnover by providing greater stability for workers, and improves the health and safety of employers and their families by protecting domestic workers’ health.
Provides domestic workers with safe and dignified work environments and employers with clear guidelines on their responsibilities that will bring domestic workers out of the shadows. Protecting domestic workers also protects the safety of our communities, ensures the health and well-being of the families of domestic workers, and strengthens the state economy by freeing up more individuals to participate in the paid workforce.
In Hawaii Domestic services are defined as services of a household nature performed by an employee in or about a private home (permanent or temporary) of the person by whom he or she is employed. The term includes, but is not limited to, services performed by employees such as cooks, waiters, butlers, valets, maids, housekeepers, governesses, janitors, laundresses, caretakers, handymen, gardeners, and chauffeurs of automobiles for family use.
The term also includes babysitters whose employment is not on a casual basis. Casual basis for domestic service workers means working intermittently or irregularly and less than 20 hours a week. Employees of private companies providing domestic services have always been protected by minimum wage and overtime laws.
Read more about the rights domestic workers have in Hawaii on the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations website.