There is a flurry of California state bills being voted on during the waning hours of Sacramento’s summer legislative session, including babysitter’s workplace rights.
California’s lawmakers have pulled out all the stops when it comes to job-killing legislation. Summer highlights included; what color Airsoft guns should be painted, the type of sheets hotels can use, what type of cleaning work hotel maids can/can’t perform and now they want to regulate babysitting.
Dubbed the “babysitter bill,” AB 889 has made its way to the California State Senate and would force folks who employ domestic workers, babysitters and maids to provide conventional workplace benefits.
Some of the required regulations being bandied about include; regular 10-minute breaks, vacation time, workers’ compensation, 30-minute lunch breaks, as well as overtime.
Parents contend they would have to hire two caregivers in order to meet California’s new state regulations.
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If AB 889 passes in the Senate, domestic employees would be allowed to sue families for not complying with state law forcing adults to either stay at home with their children or leave younger kids alone without any supervision.
The babysitter bill was written by Democrat Assembly Members Tom Ammiano (D- San Francisco) and V. Manuel Pérez (D- Indio) and would also require parents’ provide time cards and pay stubs.
“What’s next, five-star vacations? Or do I need to become a tax expert when I pay my babysitter at the end of day,” Debbie Levins said. “I can barely get by working fulltime as it is and would have to fire my sitter and make other arrangements if this ridiculous bill passes. This state is nuts.”
The current recession has left California with double-digit unemployment and regulating the babysitting business may only serve to eliminate entry-level jobs and pose a safety threat for children.
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