Thinking of taking your sweetie out for dinner and movie this Friday night? Looking for a babysitter? Show us your papers first, please.
Per State Senator Doug LaMalfa (R, North-Central California), the legislators have detected a serious flaw in domestic employment of babysitters, and have jumped into action:
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.
Be prepared to leave during the movie intermission to come home and give your babysitter a potty break. What, no intermission at movies any more? Why not just stay home and veg out on the couch then. That will surely make the Democrats happier than have a babysitter go three hours without a break.