NY Gov Signs Historic Legislation Protecting Rights of Domestic Workers

LaborNotes has the story:

The new law guarantees domestic workers time-and-half pay after working more than 40 hours and ensures at least a day off each week. They will also be covered under the state’s worker compensation and anti-discrimination laws and gain access to unemployment insurance. The law mandates the state Department of Labor to study the feasibility of collective bargaining for domestic workers and report its findings by November.

Read the full post here.

At the signing ceremony, Governor Paterson drew heavily on references from Harriet Tubman (see here) and characterized the legislation as a major human-rights victory.

-Bridget Crawford

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