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Learn more about what you can do support the nannies, home attendants, and house cleaners who work for you during the coronavirus crisis:

Fair Practices for Employers

While it’s hard to know what the impact of COVID-19 will be on our community, one thing we do know is that domestic workers and care workers are among the most vulnerable. Domestic workers are in close contact with people in their homes, and have been caring for children, supporting elders and people with disabilities, and making our homes safe and clean. The pandemic has left many domestic workers afraid for their lives: Will they be exposed to the virus if they work? Will they lose wages or their jobs? This virus is exposing many of the flaws and inequities in our system – from lack of universal health care coverage to a lack of paid time off or sick time when working people need to stay home. Let’s not leave this workforce that cares for us without care and support.

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Tips for managing attendants/caregivers during the coronavirus crisis

Tips for Managing Attendants/Caregivers During the Coronavirus Crisis Developed by Senior & Disability Action and Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network Downloadable Document The coronavirus crisis has changed what it means to hire and manage attendants or caregivers. The new guidelines for social distancing and sheltering in place challenge us to think about how

How to be a fair employer during the coronavirus crisis – CALIFORNIA TOOLKIT

On March 4th, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in California and on March 16th, residents in six counties in the Bay Area were told they must shelter in place through April 7th. [1] Many of us are anxious and scared about how the virus will impact us and our communities. While it’s

How to be a fair employer during the coronavirus crisis – MASSACHUSETTS TOOLKIT

On March 10, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. Many of us are anxious and scared about how the virus will impact us and our communities. While it’s hard to know what will happen, especially as new information is released hourly, we do know that this virus is exposing many of

How to be a fair employer during the coronavirus crisis – NEW YORK TOOLKIT

*** This set of recommendations were made before New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.6 on “essential workers”. Please see the Memo for domestic employers released by Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network and the National Domestic Workers Alliance for new guidelines. On March 7th, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of

How to be a fair employer during the coronavirus crisis – PENNSYLVANIA TOOLKIT

On March 16th, Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania. Many of us are anxious and scared about how the virus will impact us and our communities. While it’s hard to know what will happen, especially as new information is released hourly, we do know that this virus is exposing many of

How to be a fair employer during the coronavirus crisis – WASHINGTON TOOLKIT

On February 29th, Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in Washington. Many of us are anxious and scared about how the virus will impact us and our communities. While it’s hard to know what will happen, especially as new information is released hourly, we do know that this virus is exposing many of

Dear Neighbor, Employer to Employer

Nannies, house cleaners and home attendants support our communities in profound ways. They are on the frontlines of caring for some of our most vulnerable. Many of our members who are sheltering in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, are experiencing the absence of these workers from their homes and lives as they

Difficult Conversations in the Age of Coronavirus

How to Approach Tough Conversations during COVID-19 In this moment of global anxiety and fear, as we brace ourselves to read headlines or avoid them altogether, it’s important that we also be prepared to face the difficult conversations we need to have with the people around us in order to prioritize health and safety for

Shelter in Place? Stay-At-Home? What it Means for Domestic Workers & Employers

As we navigate a scary time in the United States at the height of the coronavirus crisis, many cities and states are being issued “Shelter in Place” or “Stay at Home” orders by executives like governors and mayors. What does that mean for domestic workers like nannies and home care attendants and what are the

Take Action

The best way to slow the spread of the virus is to ensure everyone has the ability to stay home. The Coronavirus Care Fund will provide emergency assistance for nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, and enable them to stay home and healthy.

Join Hand in Hand

While we may be isolating ourselves to help flatten the infection rate, we can each take action, collectively, to mitigate the economic impact of the virus on our community and those most vulnerable. Hand in Hand is providing resources and tools to support domestic employers who recognize their home is somebody’s workplace and are committed to fair employment practices. We are also informing employers of domestic workers about the government policies we’re fighting for that will build a care infrastructure that works for all of us – domestic workers and the broader community.

Join Hand in Hand as a monthly dues paying member to be a part of our work to create care communities that recognize our interdependence.

Resources for Workers

National Domestic Workers Alliance created this webpage of resources to support domestic workers with trusted information. 

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