Nannies have spent years giving love to broods, wiping their snot, washing their clothes, and taming their screams. Now, it looks like they’ll be getting a little love of their own. The State of New York has decided to treat nannies like employees (what a concept!) and give them the same protections that all workers have.
The New York Times reports:
The State Senate this week passed a bill that would require paid holidays, sick days and vacation days for domestic workers, along with overtime wages. It would require 14 days’ notice, or termination pay, before firing a domestic worker […]
But among domestic workers, there are some doubts that immigrants lacking legal documentation would be willing to report violations of a new wage law to a government agency.
“If you are legal in this country, you will benefit from it, but if you are not, then I don’t think it will do much for you,” said Rhea Bolivia, who immigrated from the Philippines and works as a nanny for a family with two small children on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.