Mass. Domestic Worker Bill Raises Roof On Protections

Law360, New York (April 27, 2015, 10:36 AM EDT) -- The Massachusetts Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights went into effect on April 1, 2015, significantly changing the employment relationship between employers and their domestic employees. Key provisions of the statute and actions that need to be taken now are highlighted below.

Who Is Covered by the Law?

This new law applies to any individual or entity that employs one or more "domestic workers." A domestic worker is any individual who performs "work of a domestic nature within a household," including housekeeping, housecleaning, home management, nanny services, caretaking, laundering, cooking and home companion services. Staffing, employment and placement agencies are not considered...

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