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Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights in MA

July 10, 2014

HRPRAFYesterday morning, my daily email alert arrived from HR and Payroll Answerforce™, a cool feature of our customer portal at “Massachusetts enacts domestic worker’s bill of rights” jumped off the page as if it was emphasized with yellow highlighter. I thought about my own plight as a domestic worker. The weekend hours. The low (no) pay. The conditions… at times sweltering, other times freezing. The constant berating… “Dad, when are you going to:”

Domestic Worker

Domestic worker tending the land in Central MA

  • “finish the mancave?” (done!)
  • “mow the lawn?”
  • “powerwash the deck?”
  • “re-do the kitchen and the 2 bathrooms?”
  • “cut down those hideous bushes?”
  • “paint the house?”
  • “install a fire-pit?”

“Oh, and by the way, can you watch Maddy? I want to go out.” Hey, I’m just teasing my daughter, and in no way do I mean to make light of the real plight of domestic workers globally. I’m proud legislators in my home state of Massachusetts are addressing the issue, following New York, California, and Hawaii enacting  laws to protect domestic workers. And check out what New York is doing to educate domestic workers about their new rights! The scope really surprised me. In Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports, “there are about 60,000 domestic workers in the Commonwealth, according to the coalition. Most are women, and many are immigrants and minorities.” I’m glad they’re getting workplace rights most of us take for granted.

I may never have heard about this if not for my HR and Payroll Answerforce™ daily email alert, and its content provided by Wolters Kluwer – “one source for research on HR and payroll related issues — Recruitment and Retention, JCAHO, Workplace Safety, HIPAA, and more. It also provides relevant state and federal laws and regulations for times when more in-depth information is needed.”

If you’re a Kronos customer, and you’d like to receive these daily updates, all you have to do is log in to the customer portal, and then click on HR and Payroll Answerforce™. Once there, just sign up for email alerts, and all the answers will come to you!

Now I have to make a call about that kitchen thing…

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