Domestic workers

New laws extend protections for domestic workers in New York

The protections and benefits for domestic workers in New York are extended under a pair of new laws approved by Governor Kathy Hochul at the end of last week.

The measures include the extension of state human rights law include domestic workers and expand the paid family leave allowance include domestic workers.

The laws, backed by Congresswoman Jenifer Rajkumar and sane Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar, will affect an estimated 300,000 domestic workers in New York City. Many of these workers are women, immigrants and people of color who may be subject to discrimination and harassment, Rajkumar said.

“They are the lifeblood of our economy and our society. By caring for our children, aging parents and loved ones with disabilities, they allow so many of us the opportunity to pursue careers,” he said. -she said in a press release. “Domestic workers deserve the same freedom from discrimination and harassment as anyone in an office. Now, for the first time, our state’s human rights law will offer them the same rights and protections as other workers. Domestic workers, the vast majority of women of color and immigrant women, will now be treated with dignity and respect. “

The addition of domestic workers to the state’s human rights law is intended to add protections in the law against discrimination for these workers. Expanding paid family leave to include these workers will affect those who work at least 20 hours per week. Currently, domestic workers must work at least 40 hours for benefits to take effect.

The two new laws will come into force next January.