DOMESTIC WORKERS' LAW (BILL OF RIGHTS)
On July 2nd, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This law is a landmark bill for MA and the country. It is a comprehensive law for improving conditions in the domestic work industry, providing clear guidelines for employers and workers. The law went into effect on April 1, 2015.
You can also find a wealth of resources from the official website of the Domestic Workers' Law on the MA Attorney General's Office in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
- Workplace Rights and Protections for Domestic Workers: English / Spanish / Portuguese
- Notice of Rights as a Domestic Worker: English / Spanish / Portuguese
- Sample Timesheet: English / Spanish / Portuguese
- Sample Employment Agreement: English / Spanish / Portuguese file size1MB
- Sample Performance Review: English / Spanish / Portuguese
WHAT IT DOES FOR WORKERS:
Establishes labor standards that protect domestic workers’ basic workplace rights, including meal and rest breaks, clarity on what constitutes working time, sick time to care for themselves and their families, and freedom from discrimination and sexual harassment.
WHAT IT DOES FOR EMPLOYERS:
Ensures that employers receive the highest quality of care for their families and homes by affording domestic workers dignity and respect. Reduces turnover by providing greater stability for workers, and improves the health and safety of employers and their families by protecting domestic workers’ health.