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To protect the rights of domestic workers Massachusetts added the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.   The enactment of MGL c. 149 s. 190 establishes labor standards relating to pay and other terms or conditions of employment for domestic workers such as nannies, housekeepers, and other in-home caregivers.

The Attorney General Office has new regulations that implement the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.  940 CMR 32; Domestic Workers set forth provisions for working conditions such as rest and meal periods, lodging, notice and record keeping including a written evaluations, agreements and time sheets.   Conduct which constitutes forced services and trafficking is also addressed.   This regulation further clarifies the obligations of employers, including private households, and domestic workers about their rights.

Additionally, 940 CMR 32 outlines the authority of the Attorney General’s Office to investigate violations and enforce the law.  Further provisions establish a process that would enable workers to file complaints in case of discrimination or sexual harassment.

Thousands of people who care for children, clean houses and cook for others will now have basic protections not previously provided in Massachusetts.

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