Nov. 15, 2013
Upcoming Webinar: California’s New Immigrant Worker Protections
In its most recent legislative session, California has enacted groundbreaking new laws to protect immigrant workers. The result of dedicated organizing and advocacy, California’s immigrant workers will benefit from these historical developments. Join our upcoming webinar where advocates intimately involved in the push for these bills will review the implications of these new laws for workers, and discuss next steps for implementation. The webinar will cover the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, new laws designed to protect immigrant workers from retaliation by their employers, and new protections for carwash and agricultural workers.
Rocio Avila, Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, GGU
Eunice Hyunhye Cho, National Employment Law Project
Nicole Marquez, Worksafe, Inc.
Michael Marsh, California Rural Legal Aid
Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center
Mark Schacht, California Rural Legal Aid Foundation
Caitlin Vega, California Labor Federation
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:00-11:30 AM PST. The webinar is free of charge. To register, visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3nesh8lt76hg&eom.Read More >
Sep. 17, 2013
Obama Administration Extends Federal Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Nationís Home Care Wo
Washington, DC—The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of long-awaited final rules that extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to two million of our nation’s home care workers. The National Employment Law Project praised the move, which corrects a decades-old injustice that has fueled poverty-level wages and destabilized an increasingly crucial industry.
"Home care workers provide crucial in-home care and support for our elderly or disabled family members, friends, and neighbors; yet these workers have struggled to support their own families,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. “These reforms are a critical step towards improving wages in one of our country’s fastest-growing occupations. We applaud the Obama administration for keeping its promise to these workers.”Read More >
Sep. 12, 2013
California Domestic Workers Win Historic Fight
Senate Passes Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, Awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s Signature
Statement of Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project:
The National Employment Law Project applauds the California State Senate for its vote last night to pass AB 241, the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This important bill would extend crucial overtime protections to nearly 200,000 domestic workers—protections enjoyed by most other workers in California. We urge Gov. Brown to sign the bill into law to ensure caregivers, nannies, and other domestic workers get the protection and respect they deserve.
Industry standards for domestic workers and the families who rely on them are long overdue. California has long regulated working conditions in private households, but has excluded domestic workers who care for children, elders, and people with disabilities from many basic protections. This historic exclusion is based on long-outdated notions that these workers, primarily immigrant women and often women of color, were not doing “real work” and had no need to earn real wages to support themselves and their families.Read More >
FILED UNDER: Domestic/Homecare Workers
Jun. 11, 2013
New Report on Domestic Workers in CA Show Few Protections
A new report, Home Truths, from the National Domestic Workers Alliance, reveals that 75 years after the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act, domestic workers in California have little protection and work under highly vulnerable conditions.
When federal minimum wage and overtime laws were passed 75 years ago, domestic workers were excluded from even those basic labor protections. Back then, domestic work wasn’t considered real work, and 75 years later, our nation’s labor laws still don’t recognize the contributions of domestic workers across California.
The report shows that:
- 25 percent of workers surveyed are paid below California’s minimum wage.
- 6 in 10 earn a wage that is below the level needed to adequately support a family.
- 23 percent had no food to eat in the last month because they lacked resources to obtain it—an extreme form of food insecurity.
- Only 6 percent work for employers who pay into Social Security.
You can read the full report here.Read More >
FILED UNDER: Domestic/Homecare Workers
Mar. 11, 2013
Home Care Worker Brings Class Action Suit to Recover Pay
Univision’s Preimer Impacto profiles the story of Adriana Moreno, a home care worker from Colombia, who was cheated out of her wages. With the help of NELP and NY-based law firms Getman Sweeny and Abbey Spanier, Moreno has brought a class action lawsuit against her home care agency to recover her pay and bring justice for her and hundreds of her coworkers.Read More >