After nearly ten years of organizing and advocating, the California Domestic Workers Coalition (CDWC) passed Senate Bill 1215: The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2016, which made daily overtime a permanent right for childcare providers/nannies and home attendants. Three years prior, the CDWC passed AB 241, which included the same right but had a sunset provision after three years. Governor Brown had required AB 241 have a sunset provision as a condition for signing the bill on the premise that the impacts of overtime rights on domestic employers needed to be studied before making the right permanent.
Hand in Hand played a critical role in passing SB 1215 by organizing and mobilizing domestic employers in support of the bill. Our members participated in lobby visits, actions, press conferences, press exclusives and made calls and sent letters to the state legislature and Governor. Furthermore, we worked with the Coalition and UCLA Labor Center to create the only study of domestic employers to understand their behaviors, needs and the impact that overtime requirements had on them in 2016-2017.
While the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights did not secure nearly the number of new rights that California’s domestic workers desired or deserved, it established the Coalition and our allies as a formidable political force in the state and initiated a new, if not tentative, set of relationships with the disability rights community.