“On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, 39-0, including all Republicans who voted. Once it passes a procedural hurdle in the House and is signed by the governor, the state will be the fourth to pass a bill of rights.
“The bill will guarantee the state’s 67,000 domestic workers a day off each week, breaks for meals and rest, and job-protected, unpaid maternity leave. (The Family and Medical Leave act, which guarantees workers 12 weeks of unpaid family leave, only applies to employers with 50 or more workers.) They will also get better protections from discrimination and sexual harassment. And they will have better knowledge of all of these rights, as employers will be required to give them notice of the rights at the start of their employment. Those who work more than 16 hours a week will also be required to be given written contracts.”
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