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Chico Workers’ Comp Lawyer: Nannies to Receive Overtime in 2014

Posted on Nov 23, 2013

Starting on the first day of 2014, California law will require that domestic work employees—including caregivers for children—be paid overtime. California will join New York and Hawaii as the only three states to require domestic workers receive such benefits.

The “Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” introduced this February by assembly representative Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), originally included additional provisions for qualifying domestic workers, including paid days of rest, meal and rest breaks, as well as workers’ compensation. The version signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown only mandates the overtime benefit.

Who qualifies?

The law requires that any domestic employee who works longer than nine hours in one work day or 45 hours in a single work week be paid overtime compensation at the employee’s regular rate.

“Domestic work employees” set to benefit from the new law will include:

  • Nannies
  • Caregivers
  • House cleaners
  • House keepers
  • Maids
  • Individuals performing other household occupations


Casual babysitters—or individuals who are not childcare providers by vocation offering irregular or intermittent services—as well as personal attendants offering domestic services through California’s In-Home Support Service will not benefit from the new law.

The law is set to last three years. On January 1, 2017, California Legislature will determine if it should be renewed.

Trying to put the pieces back together after a workplace injury? Talk to a skilled Chico workers' comp lawyer to learn more about your rights under California Law. Call the Ledgerwood Law Group toll-free at 888-761-7383 or fill out our online form. Our book, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual, is FREE—ask for your copy today!

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