California Passes Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, Sort Of
Winning overtime pay is big. But domestic workers still can't expect luxuries like the right to meal and rest breaks.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights yesterday, making California only the third state in the country to adopt such legislation. But despite its celebration as a policy victory by advocates, the law might more aptly be called the California Domestic Worker Bill of Right, after it was watered down to only include overtime protections.
The law now reads that a domestic work employee "shall not be employed more than nine hours in any workday or more than 45 hours in any workweek unless the employee receives one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay" for all overtime hours worked. Hour protections are, without a doubt, an important gain for domestic workers, who "are prone to be overworked on a weekly and daily basis," according to Sarah Leberstein, an attorney at the National Employment Law Project.