Sacramento - On Friday, February 11, 2016, California State Senator Connie M. Leyva introduced the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, SB 1015, which would grant overtime protections to California's privately hired domestic workers by removing the 2017 sunset provision and making the law's provisions permanent.
Currently, there are over 300,000 domestic workers employed in the private sector, many of which are primarily immigrant women who take on housekeeping, nannies, and caregiving jobs. Many of our community take on such jobs to make ends meet, and provide for their families. Yet, unfortunately, domestic workers are excluded from most of the fundamental labor protections and receive wages well below the poverty level.
"Domestic workers in California currently receive basic overtime benefits, which SB 1015 would no permanently establish into law," said Senator Leyva. "This portion of our workforce is vitally important as these women and men oftentimes travel many hours to and from work and are awar from their own families solely because they are working as privately hired domestic workers in another family's home. Thanks to the day-to-day hard work of domestic workers in California, their employers are able to hold down their own jobs and tend to their family's other needs. SB 1015 would now make permanent these important labor protetions and benefits for domestic workers in the Golden State."
Additionally, domestic workers have reported that the 2013 legislation AB 241, which provided much needed and deserved labor protections, has helped them tremendously, and SB 1015 would eliminate the 2017 expiration date of the said original legislation.
The bill passed the Senate floor on April 28, 2016 with 25 ayes, 10 noes and 5 votes not recorded and has been passed on to the Assembly.