Alexis Davis
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September 25, 2019

Expanding labor protections for domestic workers is long overdue

Expanding labor protections for domestic workers is long overdue

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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