SOURCE: LibertyBell Law Group

LibertyBell Law Group

September 10, 2012 18:58 ET

California Civil Attorneys: New Labor Law Protects Big Worker Group

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - LibertyBell Law Group's California civil attorneys know the new labor law, Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB889), seeks to protect domestic workers, but enforcing it is challenging. The new labor law provides workers with overtime pay, meal and rest periods, and uninterrupted sleep periods and compensation for interruptions.

The new labor law applies to:

  • Nannies / Childcare Workers
  • Housekeepers / Maids / Butlers
  • Babysitters
  • Cooks
  • Groundskeepers
  • Chauffeurs
  • Elderly Care
  • And anyone hired to work within the employer's own private household

The personal care and services industry is projected to grow by 27% by 2020 and the subgroup of personal and home care aides will grow 70%, according to a 2012-13 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Projections Overview . This industry composes a large chunk of the labor force, which makes it particularly important for legislators. Most domestic workers in California, 98%, are female immigrants (Behind Closed Doors, Working Conditions of California Household Workers, March 2007). Many domestic workers in California are undocumented and hold jobs in an act of economic desperation and may fear exposure to immigration authorities.

California civil attorneys do want to point out babysitters under the age of 18 and family members are exempt under the new employment law.

"Labor law AB889 is a huge step forward in protecting domestic workers and provides employers an opportunity to care for their help in dignified and positive ways," says Irena Shut, a top civil attorney in California.

LibertyBell Law Group civil attorneys speculate that the unique attachments and relationships domestic workers have with their employer makes discussing employment terms difficult. Furthermore, the risk of being terminated without any notice may place a live-in domestic worker in a state of homelessness.

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