California Dems: Let’s make sure parents provide OT, rest periods, and WC to babysitters

Posted by: ST on August 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm

California state Senator Doug LaMalfa (North-Central CA.) provides further proof that the state of California is going to hell in a handbasket (via Memeorandum):

How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers’ compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for…babysitters? Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.

Assembly Bill 889 (authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco), will require these protections for all “domestic employees,” including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

The bill has already passed the Assembly and is quickly moving through the Senate with blanket support from the Democrat members that control both houses of the Legislature – and without the support of a single Republican member. Assuming the bill will easily clear its last couple of legislative hurdles, AB 889 will soon be on its way to the Governor’s desk.

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers’ compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys’ fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers – from agricultural laborers to garment manufacturers. (On the bright side, language requiring an hour of paid vacation time for every 30 hours worked was amended out of the bill in the Senate.)

Absolutely unbelievable.  Well, ok, it IS believable, considering the serious consideration of such an idea (you can read the bill in full here) is coming from arguably the most liberal, pro-tax state in America. 

Rick Moran gets to the heart of the matter:

The Feds have already cracked down on evil garage sales. Municipalities have outlawed lemonade stands. And now, we can imagine empowering that 18 year old girl who babysits your kids to sue you if you don’t pay minimum wage, overtime, or vacation.

NBC San Diego reportsthat a “Senate analysis” of the bill “cited a report, which found that child care workers, garment workers, maids and housekeepers had high rates of minimum wage violations.”

Anyone who thinks this is about “the rights of workers” more so than California Democrats wanting to collect more tax money (why else would there be a call by them for “meticulously calculated timecards/paychecks”?) for its deep red coffers raise your hand.

I didn’t think so.

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12 Responses to “California Dems: Let’s make sure parents provide OT, rest periods, and WC to babysitters”


  1. foxmuldar says:

    I’m willing to bet those that protest this idiotic idea will be the babysitters who will most likely be out of work if this idea ever gets passed into law.

  2. NJmom77 says:

    Solve this with a parents’ babysitting exchange.

  3. Jeff says:

    I don’t see the problem. That Amazon tax worked out swimmingly for everyone, didn’t it? There’s no such thing as unintended consequences!

  4. Phineas says:

    Ammiano’s a hard-core Lefty from the Bay Area, so this is no surprise. Given their efforts to form a cartel …er… “organize” home care workers in Illinois and elsewhere, I wouldn’t be surprised to find Tom is carrying the SEIU’s water here.

    Gawd, but my state is run by idiots.

  5. Carlos says:

    It’s obviously overflowing with idiots that keep voting these “floaters” in, too, Phineas.

    When I was growing up long, long ago it was said that California set the national trends.

    How I hope and pray that’s not true anymore.

    ‘Bout the only thing they’ve supplied the nation with in the last century that made a lick o’ sense was Mr. Reagan, but how the Hollyweird-types howled at that!

  6. Spudmom says:

    Bet this doesn’t apply to all the “personal assistants” running around the entertainment industry who are on duty 18 hours a day and on call for all the rest…actually, though, it looks like a teen jobs bill if it doesn’t apply to the under 18 crowd.

  7. martin j smith says:

    The Rx: Leave California,hire “under the table” or be a SOCIALIST. Those are your options.

  8. Paul says:

    Talk about going from the sublime to the rediculous !! TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN OUR LIVES !!!

  9. Steve says:

    Ok, so I’ll just have to fire my 18-year old babysitter and hire the one next door who’s 17 and really doesn’t need the money. Another awesome move by the CA legislature. What are they thinking?? Aren’t there more important things to contend with right now?

  10. Tex says:

    They forgot to add in the pension plan for those who work 20 years babysitting so baby sitters can retire with full pensions for the rest of their lives.

  11. ORPO1 says:

    Why does seeing a mushroom cloud where Sacramento is so appealing?

  12. JiJi says:

    California is the laughing stock of the nation. Not every one living there is a leftie but why in the world do they put up with this kind of laws. California is circling the drain yet the so-called legislature finds time for this kind of crazyness.