New State Law Would Require Minimum Wage, Breaks and Overtime for Babysitters

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"I'll be needing workers comp for this."
​When the babysitter you've hired starts demanding a break from your nagging kids, it's not an act of divadom.

It's her legal right. 

Or, it very well could be if a new state bill passes.     

AB 889, dubbed The Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights by those who like it and The Babysitter Bill by those who don't, requires that "domestic employees" receive minimum wage (that's 8 bucks these days), meal and rest breaks, overtime pay, workers comp, timecards and paychecks. Those in this category include housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and babysitters over the age of 18. Family members are exempt. (So yes, you're free to have your 14-year-old watch your 6-year-old for a big ol' bag of nothing hugs and kisses.)  

According to the California Domestic Workers Coalition, the bill's sponsor, such regulations are needed because "domestic workers are isolated in individual private households, working behind closed doors, making them uniquely vulnerable to labor abuses and even physical abuses."

Though many are crying nanny state, and some parents, like The Stir writer Jeanne Sager, see it as a major pain: 

Not only do you have to do the impossible of tracking down a responsible college kid to hang with your tot on a Friday night so you can actually sit down for one meal where you don't have to cut up someone else's food. Now you have to find TWO of them. And the second one will have to agree to just show up every two hours for 15 minutes at minimum wage. AND you're going to have to explain to your 3-year-old why Miss Madison has to get up from the rousing game of SpongeBob Memory to go outside and take a break while this other guy comes in ... for 15 minutes.

The bill, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), has already passed the Assembly and is now pending in the State Senate.

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Kwrinne
Kwrinne

This is pretty absurd.  If you are gone all day, presumably the nanny could take breaks and lunch during the child's nap time.  But if you go out for a movie and are gone for four hours this is ridiculous.  It means that there will be fewer babysitting opportunities for college kids, not more, since most families won't be able to meet the criteria.  The minimum wage component is, I think fair and just.  In fact, if we only had to pay minimum wage here in California most parent would actually save $$ since the going rate is often $10.00-15.00.

fulltimemommy
fulltimemommy

Good maybe parents will start taking moral responsibility and spend more time with their kids!

What?
What?

24 billion in the hole and this is what concerns our lawmakers. How can a babysitter take a break? Tie the kid up?

Just Me
Just Me

For starters...  does the writer not know how to spell?  Look at the title!  "Minimun"?  Really?

Then, breaks for babysitters?  They spend most of their time "sitting" as it is... it's in the job title. 

Regarding "Minimun" wage... the government needs to stay away.  The idea of MinimuM wage is to allow beginning workers an opportunity to get into the work force without experience or training.  If a person has experience and/or training they likely wouldn't be making Minimum Wage.

This is our INCREDIBLY CAPABLE LEGISLATURE working for us.  Way to go!

Briansays
Briansays

Other than his bill to decriminalize weed Tom's the ultimate far left lunatic from SFA true believer in expanded nanny governmentNo pun intendedI should knowI live a relatively safe 25 miles outside SFBut the lunatics are moving in and infecting my community local government

stayoutofmypocket
stayoutofmypocket

I just talked to our 13 year old babysitter who lives across the street about this.  Her parents are flaming liberal Dems.  I told her that the new liberal Democrat law moves her pay to $8/hr from her usual $10.  Her first reaction was a four letter word, then Her idea?  She says, can you keep paying me $10/hr and we not tell anyone?  She just converted to the Republican party for life.

mitch young
mitch young

I seem to remember that illegal who worked for Whitman getting $20, 25 bucks an hour in a series of jobs. This is one heck of a come down.

Judithmichelene
Judithmichelene

This bill protects both workers who work in our homes, taking care of our loved ones, and those of us who must work outside the home in order to support our families.

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