After decades of being mistreated under the law, domestic workers are finally
being recognized for their hard work and long hours. Recently, the White
House announced that these workers will finally be included under the
Fair Labor Standards Act and be entitled to minimum wage and overtime
pay. The long awaited amendment will take effect January 1, 2015 and will
impact some 2 million home care workers, one of the fastest-growing occupations
in the country.
Now, California’s Governor Brown has just signed into law a bill
mandating overtime pay for domestic workers in California – with
the exception of babysitters. Under this new law, domestic workers including
housekeepers and cleaners time and a half for any work in excess of nine
hours a day or 45 hours a week.
If you have questions about changes in the FLSA and how the changes may
affect your job, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced
Georgia wage and hour attorney. A skilled Atlanta overtime pay attorney can provide you critical advice
concerning your right to minimum wage.
The Calfiornia bill will go into effect in January 2014. The bill’s
author called the overtime requirements “another step in the movement
to get these workers” adequate protections. “Domestic workers
are primarily women of color, many of them immigrants, and their work
has not been respected in the past,” he said Thursday in a statement.
“Now they will be entitled to overtime like just about every other
California working person.” Labor groups and recent studies have
concluded that employers often mistreat domestic workers.
The California bill is significant. When the state laws differ from the
federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer must comply with
the standard most protective to employees. This means that domestic workers
in California will likely be entitled to greater protections earlier than
those workers covered by federal law.
If you have questions about the FLSA or how any changes in wage and hour
laws may affect you, it is a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable
Atlanta wage and hour attorney right away. A top
Georgia FLSA attorneycan walk you through the laws concerning your pay and ensure you are getting
all the wages you are entitled to.