New law to protect domestic workers to take effect this week
BOSTON (AP) — A new law set to take effect this week aims to increase protections for domestic workers in Massachusetts.
The law requires people who hire nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in Massachusetts to adhere to established labor standards and other worker protections.
The bill defines domestic workers as individuals who provide in-home services including housekeeping, laundering, cooking and even companionship.
The new law — which was signed by former Gov. Deval Patrick last year but takes effect Wednesday — also makes clear that domestic workers are eligible for government services and benefits such as unemployment insurance, workers compensation and minimum wage protections.
The law sets rules for sleep, meal and rest periods, and required that female domestic workers receive at least eight weeks maternity leave if they are full-time employees.