About: In Pennsylvania domestic employers and allies are organizing to support the rights of domestic workers and engaging in campaigns to improve the lives of immigrant and other frontline communities. Pennsylvania members do this by hosting workshops on best employment practices, spreading the word about resources for employers to support workers such as Alia for for those who employ house cleaners and engaging directly in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania campaigns for worker rights and dignity. Hand in Hand Pennsylvania works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance (PDWA).
Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights
Do you employ a nanny, house cleaner, or home attendant? If so, you have legal obligations under the Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights that went into effect May 2020. This law is meant to protect and improve the working conditions of the 16,000 of domestic workers residing in Philadelphia regardless of their immigration status.
Legal Requirements and Best Practices
- Review Philadelphia’s labor law pertaining to domestic workers
Are you Hiring or Clarifying Your Employment Relationship?
- Outline Basic Information
Establish a start date, probationary period, schedule, members of employer families, emergency contact information and worksite location.
- Establish Open and Respectful Communication
Commit to building a working relationship with clear expectations, open communication, and mutual trust. Establish mutually agreed priorities and rules, work responsibilities and time for check-ins and evaluations.=
- Define Wages and Human Resources Policies
Establish hourly rate, overtime policy, pay schedule, yearly increase, end of year bonus, reimbursement policies, job termination, severance pay and letters of recommendation.
- Designate Paid Time Off
Establish paid time off days, including sick days, vacation time, paid holidays and policies for inclement weather and other emergencies. Establish contingency payment plan for long-term emergency situations like the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Create a Healthy Workplace
Ensure that your employee’s health care needs are met, make your home a non-toxic and safe workplace, and establish COVID-19 or other health emergency protocols.