On August 31, 2010, Governor Paterson signed into law the New York Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. The purpose of the law is to “ensure that the rights of domestic workers are respected, protected, and enforced.”
The law defines “domestic worker” as “a person employed in a home or residence for the purpose of caring for a child, serving as a companion for a sick, convalescing or elderly person, housekeeping, or for any other domestic service purpose.” It does not include individuals who (1) perform work on a casual basis, (2) provide companionship services but are employed by someone other than the family or household receiving such services, and/or (3) are a relative through blood, marriage or adoption of the employer or of the person for whom the worker is providing services under a program funded or administered by the government.
The Bill of Rights extends to domestic workers the following protections under the New York State Human Rights Law and New York State Labor Law:
The Bill of Rights also entitles domestic workers to three paid days off per calendar year after one full year of service.
The law becomes effective November 29, 2010. Governor Paterson’s press release can be found at www.state.ny.us/governor/press/08312010DWBOR.html.