Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Priscilla Gonzalez, director of Domestic Workers United, Senator Diane Savino (D-Brooklyn/Staten Island) discuss the NY State Senate's passage of the domestic workers bill of rights. 


Priscilla Gonzalez and Diane Savino

Comments [12]

Allison from NY

Domestic workers (& farm workers) have been around forever without basic labor protection - this is LONG overdue and it is only the begining....
Let human rights prevail - labor standards should be in place to give both the employer and employee GUIDELINES to follow so that the domestic workforce can continue to strive
Families and generations have depended and continue to depend on domestic workers...........

Jun. 06 2010 08:13 PM
Alex from Brooklyn NY Eric Adams District

Eric Adams is from Brooklyn Not Queens

Jun. 03 2010 10:40 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Williamsburgh, Brooklyn

Hello, I applaud the bill protecting domestic workers, but are 14 days enough notice? I know from experience that when you are scrambling for a new place to live, you need more time. I was touched by the woman from Queens (I think) when she said that she was let go after 17 years service.Eugenia Renskoff

Jun. 03 2010 02:16 PM
Donna from Brooklyn

I'm an employer who supports the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights. Employers look for guidelines all the time -- but unfortunately the only sources available now are park benches and parenting websites. This Bill will provide the standards that I believe most employers seek. With this clarity, employment practices will be less discretionary and more fair, ultimately contributing to a more respectful workplace in our homes.

Jun. 03 2010 02:00 PM

To what HughSamsom said:
And not just freelancers- most temps, I believe, usually don't get paid time off yada yada...

Jun. 03 2010 10:49 AM

she stated clearly, that farmworkers are also disinfranchised, however, they have managed to achieve some rights in some states, not in new york yet. domestic workers have not achieved any rights in any state,. ny will be the first.

Jun. 02 2010 12:36 PM
Jon from West Village

This seems like an effort to pander to a new demographic. And it's short-sighted.

Savino is making something out of nothing hoping to get more votes.

The economic benefit provided by dual income families far outweighs the potential few (admittedly unacceptable) cases of abuse.

If Savino thinks that she will now have the backing of a new demographic she may want to reconsider the above statement.

Almost everyone in America has at-will employment. Much of the workforce in NYC is free lance, as either individual or small corporations. They have no protections like this and the group drives much of NY.

Instead of doing something smart like, say -- let's get a standard Blumberg form for domestic workers -- a one page contract that explains all responsibility -- or let's start a public awareness campaign which outlines worker's rights (which they have the same as any other worker (( min wage, right to abuse-free environment, right to have a contract, right to sue if they can't work it out... )) ) here is an example of our local government preying on a demographic to convince them they should get something more than they are entitled to in hopes they will come to the polls.

Savino should consider how she expects to get re-elected without any dual-income families supporting her.

Jun. 02 2010 11:01 AM
AJ from VT

I applaud this achievement and hope it goes forward. What about the farm workers? Many seasonal resorts use the farm workers exception to keep from paying overtime or give basic rights to employees.
Think ski area and summer resort hotel....

Jun. 02 2010 10:45 AM
anonomous from Brooklyn

What if the worker does not have papers? How does this law apply to them?

Jun. 02 2010 10:43 AM
Eli Mandel from Cleveland OH

I wonder how this will be enforced, generally labor laws are being enforced against businesses who are better equipped to learn about those laws and are more easily identifiable, whereas in this case the employers are individuals in there own homes who cannot be expected to know these laws etc.

Jun. 02 2010 10:38 AM
James from Manhataan

My wife is a personal chef. Does she qualify under this bill as a domestic worker? She has similar, if not the same, vulnerabilities.

Jun. 02 2010 10:32 AM

Actually, contrary to what Diane Savino initially claims, it is not the case that every other worker enjoys the protections domestic workers will now in NY.

As Savino notes, farm workers have remarkably few rights.

Freelancers across industries have remarkably few rights. Freelancers get NO notice. NO healthcare, NO paid leave of any kind. Nothing nothing nothing.

And how will this impact undocumented workers? How can they go on the books without risking deportation?

Jun. 02 2010 10:31 AM

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