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.

Events

Upcoming Events
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Mid-Year Hand in Hand NYC Chapter Meeting

Mid-Year Hand in Hand NYC Chapter Meeting

July 28, 2021, 8:30pm - July 28, 2021, 9:45pm

Join us on Wednesday, July 28th at 8:30pm EST for our NYC Chapter Meeting to learn about our Chapter's goals for the second half of 2021, reflect about our NYC Care Campaign and what to expect for 2022!

This is a great opportunity to get to know each other, hear our care concerns and priorities, and collectively find solutions. Our voices matter and together we'll bring visibility to our care experiences as domestic employers, allies, parents, seniors and family caregivers.

RSVP: tinyurl.com/hihjuly2021
If you have questions, please email [email protected]
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Best Practices for Hiring and Employing a Nanny

Best Practices for Hiring and Employing a Nanny

August 3, 2021, 11:00am - August 3, 2021, 12:00pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81990605912 Map

Join The Institute for Families and Nannies and Hand-in-Hand for two one-hour online workshops on how to hire a nanny and create a nanny-share care arrangement! In this workshop series, parents will learn the basics of how to hire a nanny and be a fair employer to ensure a successful working relationship and the best care for your child(ren).

We will cover:

-The history of the nanny profession and its impact on nanny employment today

-Best practices for creating a mutually respectful working relationship

-How to keep your family and employee safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

-Domestic Employment laws and written agreements

-Recruiting, screening and interviewing to hire the right candidate for your family

-Health, Safety and Background check recommendations

-How to create a successful share care arrangement


Checklists, sample agreements and other resources will be provided upon the completion of webinar evaluation. The Nanny Manual by Alyce Desrosiers will be available to supplement the workshop materials.


Dates:
Part I - August 3rd
Part II - August 10th

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm PDT

Format: Zoom

Cost: Free!

REGISTER using this Zoom link:
us02web.zoom.us/j/81990605912
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Past Events
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Communities of Care

Communities of Care

July 13, 2021, 8:00am - July 17, 2021, 5:00pm

Freedom PlazaWashington D.C., DC20004 Map

What does care look like in your community?

Join us for the launch on July 13 with live speakers, food trucks, and the Care is Essential march.

In partnership with Caring Across Generations, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand:The Domestic Employers Network and the Care Can’t Wait coalition, artist Paola Mendoza presents Communities of Care, an art installation of miniature homes representing symbolic communities of care squads around the country.

Running from July 13th-17th at the Freedom Plaza in Washington DC, this installation will transport you into the reality of care that takes place in our homes and communities.

This exhibit will be a physical manifestation of the care teams that are hard at work in our homes but also, the interconnected nature of our care via rows of homes.

Each home will have a QR code that you can scan to hear an audio note from the care team in that home.
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International Domestic Workers Day Rally to Pass Intro 339!

International Domestic Workers Day Rally to Pass Intro 339!

June 16, 2021, 1:00pm - June 16, 2021, 2:30pm

City Hall Park, ManhattanNew York, NY Map

Join the NYC Care Campaign in celebrating International Domestic Workers Day by calling on Speaker Corey Johnson to Pass Intro 339!
We will be gathering at City Hall Park (Broadway + Park Place) to hear testimonies from workers about why Speaker Johnson needs to pass Intro 339, do a flash mob dance, and deliver our petition with over 1,000 signatures to Johnson's office. If you are interested in participating please fill out tinyurl.com/june16action
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Marcha!  NJ Domestic Workers Bill of Rights//Carta de Derechos de las Trabajadoras Domésticas!

Marcha! NJ Domestic Workers Bill of Rights//Carta de Derechos de las Trabajadoras Domésticas!

June 16, 2021, 10:30am - June 16, 2021, 1:00pm

7 Wilson Ave, Newark, NJ 07105 Map

ESPAÑOL ABAJO:We aren't machines! From invisible to visible: We march for respect and dignity. Domestic work makes all other work possible. We are essential, not disposable! Join the National Domestic Workers Alliance and affiliates to march for a New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on International Domestic Workers' Day. We aren't alone in this fight!
10:30am meet
11:00am march
12:00 pm Rally Newark Penn Station
See you in the streets!
// No Somos máquinas!De invisibles a visibles: Marchamos por el respeto y dignidad. El trabajo doméstica hace posible todo lo demás trabajo. Somos esenciales, no desechables! únase con nosotrxs los afiliados de la Alianza Nacional de Trabajadora del Hogar para marchar por una Carta de Derechos Estatal para las Trabajadoras Domésticas de New Jersey en el Día Intl de las Trabajadoras Doéssticas!
1030am se reune.
11am marcha.
12pm Rally en Newark Penn Station
¡Nos vemos en las calles!
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NY Health Act NOW: A conversation about Long-Term Care ft Ady Barkan & NY Caring Majority

NY Health Act NOW: A conversation about Long-Term Care ft Ady Barkan & NY Caring Majority

June 8, 2021, 5:30pm - June 8, 2021, 6:30pm

Join older adults, disabled people, family caregivers, & home care workers to share stories and learn about the urgent need to pass the New York Health Act to fix our broken long-term care system. If we want to live in a New York that works for everyone who gives and receives care, we need to take action for single-payer health care now.

Our special guest, Ady Barkan, is a nationally-recognized healthcare activist who, at 32, was diagnosed with ALS. He is the co-founder of the Be a Hero Fund and an organizer for the Center for Popular Democracy where he led the Fed Up campaign and founded Local Progress. He has been featured in The NY Times and Politico and in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list. We are excited for Ady Barkan to join with NY Caring Majority leaders, Kendra Scalia, Vicenta Alvarez and Sandra Abramson on Tuesday as we enter the final push for the NY Health Act!

Closed Captioning, ASL Interpretation, Spanish Interpretation and Visual Description

RSVP NOW for the ZOOM link: actionnetwork.org/events/ady-barkan-and-the-ny-caring-majority?clear_id=true
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Everybody In, Nobody Out! #PassNYHealth

Everybody In, Nobody Out! #PassNYHealth

June 7, 2021, 9:30am - June 7, 2021, 4:00pm

Washington Park, Albany NY

We are the closest we have ever been to winning universal healthcare for all New Yorkers. We ask you to join us in Albany on Monday, June 7th at 9:30 AM sharp for our final push to win the New York Health Act THIS legislative session which ends on June 10.

Almost 7 years ago, the Campaign for New York Health formed to build a statewide movement to pass the New York Health Act which guarantees comprehensive public healthcare to all New Yorkers that live or work in New York State. With the New York Health Act, a predictable progressive tax on workers and employers will fund a comprehensive public health system that will mean every New Yorker, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay, will receive the care they need without paying skyrocketing premiums, deductibles, and copays.

This past March, primary sponsors of the NY Health Act -- Assemblymember Richard Gottfried and Senator Gustavo Rivera -- introduced the NY Health Act with MAJORITY SUPPORT in BOTH the NYS Assembly and Senate for the first time ever. It is power of the people that got us to the cusp of victory, and it will be the power of the people that push the NY Health Act over the finish line.

The Campaign for NY Health is planning a major statewide day of action in Albany on Monday, June 7th. We are calling on our partners from across the state to join us. Everyone will reach Albany by 9:30 AM for breakfast and begin actions by 11:00 AM.

Here’s what you need to know:

- Please RSVP by filling out this pre-registration form as soon as possible if you’re interested in joining us: forms.gle/9T9pWh8j23GvHKGBA. Your RSVP will not be considered a final commitment, but is necessary to help us determine logistics. A final registration form will be circulated once all of the transportation and COVID safety logistics have been determined, so that you can take those details into consideration before confirming your attendance. Please pay special attention to the form if you are a representative, member, volunteer, or staff person for an organization affiliated with the Campaign for NY Health; we want to hear from you!

- Logistics for transportation and COVID safety are underway. We will either arrange for busses or coordinate carpools, depending on the number of initial RSVPs and what people are comfortable with.

If you have any questions, please contact Mohini Sharma, the Organizing Director ofMetro Justice, one of the founding organizations of the Campaign for New York Health. You can email Mohini at [email protected], call her cell at 585-623-9633 and leave a message, or text her cell.

Looking forward to winning the New York Health Act with you!
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What is the best practice when youre not sure how to go about rest/meal breaks when you employ a nanny who is caring for a child that cannot be left unsupervised? 

Hand in Hand recommends working with the childcare provider to ensure theyre getting a break during the day - this could happen during the childs nap time. 

If its a nanny share, work with the provider to line up the naps so they can sit down, eat their lunch and check their messages. It may require reducing some of the work load so they can take that break (example, dont expect them to do the laundry the entire nap). 

What have you done in this scenario? Reply in the comments!