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.