On April 1, 2015, new protections for domestic workers went into effect in Massachusetts.
If you work in a household doing housekeeping, cleaning, childcare, cooking, home management, elder care, or any other service of a domestic nature, or employ someone who does, you are likely affected this law.
Generally, the law enhances protections and rights for domestic workers involving working and rest time, charges for food and lodging, and circumstances surrounding termination. The law also imposes obligations on employers regarding recordkeeping and the recording of hours worked by any domestic worker. It also provides guidelines for work evaluations and written employment agreements.
The protections established by the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights apply to workers regardless of immigration status.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is responsible for enforcing this law under M.G.L. c. 149 § 190(o).
Are you being discriminated against?
File a complaint with the AGO’s Civil Rights Division.
Do you have a complaint concerning pay, rest periods, privacy, or recordkeeping?
File a complaint with the AGO’s Fair Labor Division.
Do you have questions about how the law affects you?
Call the AGO’s Fair Labor Hotline at 617-727-3465
Do you have questions about discrimination or harassment in the workplace?
Call the AGO’s Civil Rights Division at 617-963-2917