California Makes Overtime Available to Nannies and Other Household Help

In Labor Code Sections 1450-1454, Governor Jerry Brown has enacted a new “Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” which prohibit a “domestic work employee who is a personal attendant” from working more than nine hours in a workday or more than 45 hours in a workweek unless the employee receives 1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked over nine hours in a workday or 45 hours in a workweek.

The new law defines a domestic work employee as someone who performs services related to the care of persons in private households, including childcare providers; caregivers of people with disabilities, illnesses, convalescing, or elderly persons; house cleaners; housekeepers; maids; and other household occupations, and also includes live-in help.

The new law remains in effect until January 1, 2017 unless it is reenacted.

To review the complete law, including exemptions, click here.


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