The Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights went into effect on May 1st, 2020 and gives nannies, house cleaners, and caregivers working in Philadelphia critical workplace protections.
This is an agreement between you, whoever hires you and/or the household you work for. The contract must include details like:
Your contract is a legal document that must be respected. If you work at least 5 hrs/ month with 1 household, you have the right to a written contract.
After working 4 hours straight, you have the right to take a 10 minute UNINTERRUPTED break, which is included in your regular pay time.
Uninterrupted means you can leave the house for 10 entire minutes by yourself.
If you cannot take 10 minutes off, you must be paid extra. For instance, if you work 5 hours without a break, you will be paid for 5 hours and 10 minutes.
After working 5 hours straight, you have the right to take a 30 minute UNINTERRUPTED break for a meal.
This break is not paid, but if your 30 minute meal break is interrupted, it must be paid.
You must be given 2 weeks notice before you are terminated from your job.
If you are asked to leave immediately , you must receive 2 weeks pay instead.
If you live with your employer, they must give you 4 weeks notice before terminating your employment.
Before the Bill of Rights, domestic workers were not protected from unlawful discrimination in the workplace and could be refused a job or fired because for belonging to a protected group. It is now illegal to discriminate against a domestic worker.
Discrimination is when your employer takes a negative action against your employment terms (e.g, withholds wages, reduces hours, fires you) because of your race, ethnicity, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information and status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence.
It is illegal for employers to film you or have cameras in private areas like a bedroom or bathroom.
Many employers like to have cameras in common areas, and that is their right. But you have rights too.
You have the right to keep possession of your personal identity documents.
It is illegal for employers to retaliate against you when you choose to exercise your rights or file a complaint against them.
Some examples of retaliation are: firing you, making threats around your perceived immigration status, reducing your work hours, threatening to call the police, or not paying you.
If you live where you work, you have all of the rights listed in this brochure.
You also have the right to:
Together, we can ensure that all domestic workers are treated with the respect you deserve!
These could be signs of labor abuse. Please contact our office if you are concerned.