CA Pinoys celebrate historic domestic workers bill

 SAN FRANCISCO – It took a decade of lobbying from domestic workers and their advocates all across California.

From Los Angeles to the State Capitol in Sacramento until finally California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1015 into law guaranteeing domestic workers to get their overtime pay.

Filipino Tetet Naval is one of the many domestic workers who will benefit from the new law.

“It’s important because caregivers rely on this work for their standard of living and to support their families,” said Naval.

In 2013 the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights mandated overtime pay for domestic employees who work more than nine hours a day or more than 45 hours per week; however, a sunset clause was included to have this overtime benefit expire in January 2017.

Thanks to SB 1015, which was introduced by State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) in February, the temporary clause was taken out making this overtime benefit permanent.

In a statement Senator Leyva thanked Governor Brown and said that SB 1015 will make sure domestic workers in California continue to receive fair wages with proper overtime pay.

Domestic workers like naval see the SB 1015 signed into law as a victory made possible by the combined strength of the diverse community throughout California.

“This law shows that we have power. When we are organized, sama-sama, and united we can win,” said Naval.

The law takes effect on January 1st, 2017.

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