At the initiative of Domestic Workers United (DWU), a local organising group, New York State may pass a bill that requires employers to pay at least $14 per hour and provide health insurance, offer paid vacation, overtime and sick days and provide severance packages.
However, DWU’s Ai-Jen Poo said that passing the bill is just the first step, “because it’s so challenging to enforce laws in people’s private homes”.
New York State Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith, who supports the bill, agrees that enforcement is crucial. The labor department has a ‘Labor on Wheels’ van visiting immigrant neighbourhoods to inform residents of labour rights. Van staff speak Spanish, Chinese and Korean and have written materials in ten languages.
Source: City Limits