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NY Senate Passes Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

Congratulations to the women of Domestic Workers United who have fought for nearly six years to get this bill passed. I’m truly inspired by your passion and fortitude.

State Senate Passes Housekeeper Overtime Bill

The Associated Press

ALBANY- The New York Senate passed a bill on Tuesday requiring overtime pay and at least one day off weekly for 200,000 housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers in the state. The Assembly passed a similar measure last year.

Advocates say that if Gov. David A. Paterson signs the bill, New York would become the first state establishing those rights for household workers.

Overtime pay would be required for eight-hour workdays. Federal minimum wage laws already apply to such workers.

The Senate measure was approved 33 to 28. Unlike the Assembly bill, it guarantees a half-dozen paid holidays, seven sick days and five vacation days annually. Both bills would establish collective bargaining rights.

Lawmakers will have to reconcile differences.

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