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Gov. Brown signs bill making domestic workers eligible for overtime

September 26, 2013|By Melanie Mason
  • Domestic workers and community leaders from California and across the country rallied in downtown Los Angeles in March in support of AB 241, which extends eligibility for overtime pay to domestic workers. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Thursday.
Domestic workers and community leaders from California and across the… (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…)

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a bill that would make nannies, private healthcare aides and other domestic workers in California eligible for overtime pay.

Under the measure, known as the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, workers would qualify for overtime pay if they work more than nine hours a day or 45 hours a week.

“Domestic workers are primarily women of color, many of them immigrants, and their work has not been respected in the past,” said Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), who wrote the bill. “Now, they will be entitled to overtime, like just about every other California working person.

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