State Assembly passes CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

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 LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday, the California legislatures passed a bill that would provide caregivers and domestic workers overtime pay, meal and rest breaks and other labor protections.

The assembly passed AB241 (The California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights) with a 41-24 vote on May 29. It now moves to the senate.

“We are really excited. We are one step closer to passing this bill,” said Aquilina Soriano, executive director of the Pilipino Workers Center.

There are around 200,000 domestic workers in the state, tens of thousands of whom are Filipinos. Many are caregivers, nannies, and housekeepers.

This is the third time a bill for the benefit of domestic workers has been introduced in the state legislature. The two previous times the bill has reached the governor, only for it to be vetoed.

In 2006, a similar bill passed the state legislature before then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill (AB 889) due to affordability issues. Read more here.