On Wednesday, the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee approved AB 889, or the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. The 5-2 vote will extend basic, humane labor protections to thousands of caregivers, nannies, and home cleaners.
The bill, which awaits senate approval, seeks to provide domestic workers with the basic wage and hour protections which the vast majority of California workers already enjoy. Currently, domestic workers are exempt from such protections.
The Senate Committee vote follows the passage of the bill in the California Assembly and last year’s successful passage of a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York. According to the California Domestic Workers Coalition, AB 889 seeks to provide domestic workers with industry-specific protections to use kitchen facilities and cook their own food, and creates standards for sleep, meal and rest breaks and overtime wages.