We have been discussing the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (CDWBR). Click here to learn about why some people support the bill and some don't. Click here to see the pros and cons of paid sick days for nannies.
The CDWBR proclaims that workers have the right to report and to be compensated for the actual time that they work.
Also, the CDWBR hopes that nannies and other domestic workers will receive overtime pay of time-and-a-half after eight-hours of work in one workday, 40-hours in one work week, and double time after 12-hours in one workday. Therefore, nannies would have the right to report work time and collect overtime pay, rights that are not currently guaranteed.
PRO: This is the most basic of rights that must be enforced! It is easy to record work hours and be paid for hours actually worked. A mere 20-minutes of unpaid time per day, a common occurrence, equals more than two-weeks of uncompensated work time a year. Not being paid for overtime hours is a particularly common abuse, especially for live-in domestic workers.
CON: It is a given that being a nanny requires a flexible schedule due to the demands of the employer's job. Plus, a nanny has down time when babies nap or children sleep at night when she is not engaged in actual work.
Have the parents ever "forgotten" to pay you for some of your hours worked? Does this occur on a regular basis?