September 25, 2019

Expanding labor protections for domestic workers is long overdue

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Florida remains at the forefront of state and national immigration concerns — from passing a statewide “sanctuary cities” ban to detaining migrant children in Homestead to legislators’ controversial (and now postponed) immigration listening tour.

Meanwhile, a recent federal proposal that would provide tangible benefits to over 100,000 Florida immigrants, women, and people of color went largely unnoticed.

In July, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, introduced the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Act, an effort to counter domestic workers’ historic exclusion from labor protections. A domestic worker broadly includes anyone who is employed in another person’s household (such as nannies, homemakers, and senior caregivers).

The Act would mandate written contracts of scheduled hours and time off for each employee, including breaks, paid overtime and sick days.

It would also protect against harassment and discrimination, authorize workers to collectively bargain, increase access to retirement and healthcare coverage, and establish a federal domestic worker task force.


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