Employment-New York DOL Posts A Reminder of New Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

According to the New York State Department of Labor’s website, the new domestic workers’ bill of rights took effect on November 29, 2010. These rights include:

–the right to overtime pay at time-and-a-half after 40 hours of work in a week, or 44 hours for workers who live in their employer’s home;

–a day of rest (24 hours) every seven days, or overtime pay if they agree to work on that day;

–three paid days of rest each year after one year of work for the same employer; and
–protection under New York State Human Rights Law, and the creation of a special cause of action for domestic workers who suffer sexual or racial harassment.

The website also offers a sample notice to be posted and a fact sheet on the bill of rights.