Hawaii Legislature Passes Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

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HONOLULU—Hawaii’s legislature passed landmark legislation to protect domestic workers from discriminatory practices and cover them under the state’s wage and hour law. If signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senate Bill 535, which passed both chambers yesterday, would grant basic employee rights to domestic workers by ensuring they are eligible for minimum wage and other protections.

New York became the first state to extend labor protections to domestic workers with the 2010 passage of its "Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.” Massachusetts, Oregon, California, Texas and soon Ohio will be considering workforce protections for domestic workers this year. This week the Illinois Senate’s labor committee will vote on the state’s proposed Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.




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