Hand in Hand is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants working for dignified and respectful working conditions that benefit the employer and worker alike.

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Mission

Hand in Hand is building a just and caring economy starting in our homes and communities. We support employers of nannies, house cleaners, home care workers, and attendants, their families and allies to understand that their homes are workplaces. We organize people to demand dignity and fairness for domestic workers, and to win public investment in care for families, people with disabilities and older adults.

Vision

We envision a world that values domestic work as fundamental to building a just and caring economy. A world that celebrates every person’s humanity and belonging, and repairs our country’s legacies of systemic injustice.  A world where all people can access and afford the childcare and home care we need to live whole lives with dignity. A world in which we depend on one another, and build collective solutions together.

Core Values

  • Workers’ rights and dignity
  • Social justice and intersectionality
  • Interdependence
  • Collective power

History

Hand in Hand was founded in 2010 by a group of domestic employers and their allies who had worked side by side with domestic workers to support the passage of the New York State Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

After the campaign succeeded, participants agreed that one key element had been the participation of Jewish employers. Organized by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, they testified for domestic worker rights throughout the campaign. With encouragement from the MacArthur-winning labor organizer Ai-jen Poo, Danielle Feris founded Hand in Hand in partnership with Poo’s National Domestic Workers Alliance to continue to collaborate in future campaigns and efforts to address the common interests of workers and employers nationwide, whose lives are so intimately connected.

From a small, volunteer-led organization, Hand in Hand has grown into a staffed nonprofit organization with a strong national leadership, and growing influence around the country.

Work With Us

Want to work at the intersections of labor, feminism, racial justice, economic equality, immigration, and more? Then you might like working with us on the issues that affect the domestic workforce and domestic employers.

Our Work

Righting a historic wrong based in racism and sexism

Righting a historic wrong based in racism and sexism


Although domestic workers are professionals who do real work every day, they are excluded from many of the basic protections guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act to most other workers in the United States.


This is because in the 1930s, domestic workers were excluded from most New Deal-era labor laws: In an effort to control the African-American workforce, Southern politicians refused to sign legislation that included domestic workers and farm workers.


Many domestic workers still don’t earn a living wage and work without access to health care, paid sick days, or paid time off.
Moreover, because domestic workers’ workplaces are inside other people’s homes, the struggles domestic workers face are largely out of the public spotlight.


Hand in Hand helps employers recognize that their homes are workplaces—and that we have both legal obligations and opportunities to make our homes workplaces that they can be proud of.  


Through education, advocacy, organizing, and cultural change, we aim to address power imbalance between workers and employers and challenge the ways our culture devalues care work.

Making it more affordable and accessible to get support

Making it more affordable and accessible to get support

Childcare and support for people with disabilities and seniors are simply unaffordable for a great number of people in this country.

Individual employers should not have to shoulder the burden that results from the lack of a comprehensive care infrastructure to support families ― and domestic workers should not have to bear the brunt of this systemic failure.

We need to transform the care industry so that all kinds of care throughout the life spectrum are affordable and accessible to all those who need it.  

Who are Hand in Hand members?

Who are Hand in Hand members?

We are diverse group, including:

  • low- and middle-income people with disabilities who employ home attendants
  • working parents who hire childcare workers
  • seniors who need long-term care
  • “sandwich generation” individuals who support both their children and their parents
  • individuals who employ domestic workers to help clean and manage their homes.

We believe that all our challenges are connected.

Why do employers join Hand in Hand?

Why do employers join Hand in Hand?

  • Needing support and resources: Many people who employ domestic workers are navigating their own care needs while seeking to realize their commitment to fair employment practices.
  • Finding a community:  This helps people combat isolation and share common experiences of employing home attendants or childcare providers, including feeling personally transformed by their relationship with the worker they employ.
  • Engaging in a movement with shared values: Domestic employers who seek to foster a fair workplace in their homes are often grounded in values of justice, workers rights, awareness that the personal is political, and recognition of the complexity of people’s lives and multiple identities as employers.

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Today is the last day of our #CareInPublic Twitter Week of Action! Homecare happens in the privacy of our homes, this week were sharing our stories and making them public! Why do you care about raising wages for homecare workers? The LA Board of Supervisors needs to hear from ALL of us that its #TimeFor20.

Have you shared your story yet? Comment here and use our Action Toolkit to share your story on Twitter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-w6DKWPJm8Wl7ID4xzx2JJAD5T46ce_ZSAWF5xhzM7k/edit
 Domestic work takes place in our homes, our most intimate space. Why wouldn’t we want to ensure that we take care of the people who are taking care of us? Everyone benefits when workers have rights.  - Dana Barnett, Seattle / WA Organizer, Hand in Hand

Photo and quote from the July 28th Congressional Hearing for the National #DomesticWorkersBillOfRights. Present at the same hearing were opponents who made it clear that they do not want to extend basic rights to domestic workers. They argued that the legislation creates guidelines that would be too burdensome on employers—ignoring the simple fact that clear guidelines help employers demystify hiring and employment practices, and lead to better and long-lasting working relationships with employees.

Right now is the time to take action! Were kicking off a competition to see who can collect the most signatures on our National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Petition in order to show that employers across the country overwhelmingly support this policy!

Join us for our kickoff event on Thursday, August 25th at 7:30PM EDT / 4:30PM PDT, to learn more about the competition, build your list of people to reach out to, and get fired up to collect hundreds of signatures so that we can send Congress a strong, unified message from employer, worker, and ally: we wont back down, and were ready to win! RSVP here: https://secure.everyaction.com/wyqU3Ab3TEKJOoAGlQY0Cw2?=FB
Are you thinking of hiring someone to help keep your house clean or do you already employ someone? Here are 5 ways to be a fair house cleaner employer and make your home a clean AND fair workplace:

1. Set clear expectations
Create a written work agreement.

2. Fair pay
Pay a living wage. In metropolitan areas, thats at least $25-$30/hr for no less than three hours per visit. Most house cleaners have long commutes between jobs and don’t receive most benefits.

3. Paid time off
Provide paid sick time, paid time off and annual bonuses.

4. Ongoing communication
Have regular check ins and annual evaluations. Express your appreciation as well as providing feedback on any areas for improvement.

5. Avoid using toxic products
Non-toxic cleaning is better for the environment, the people who live in your home and for the cleaner.

For more information, visit our Resources page: https://domesticemployers.org/resources-and-faqs/Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment