Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

One of the great injustices of our nation’s labor laws is that they stop short of protecting the workers who are closest to us – domestic workers who care for our homes, children, and other family members – workers who are often referred to as a “member of the family.”

Bend the Arc is part of a broad coalition of people and organizations working to correct the longstanding exclusion of domestic workers from basic labor protections that most American workers take for granted. This exclusion, which was codified into federal law in the 1930s, is rooted in discrimination against women and people of color. It’s time to end the decades of injustice toward nannies, caregivers, and housecleaners who work in homes across California. It’s time to bring them into the fold and change the culture of domestic employment.   

Watch this video to learn more about our campaign:

What is the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights?

The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will provide much needed protections for this highly vulnerable workforce. It will mandate equal overtime pay for all domestic workers.

Our Goal is to Transform the Domestic Work Industry by:

  • Passing the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in partnership with workers and allies in the California Domestic Workers Coalition.
  • Persuading employers of nannies, housecleaners and caregivers to adopt ethical employment practices.

How Can You Help?

1. Sign our letter to Governor Brown:

2. Download Our Magnet:


Learn more about why fair treatment for domestic workers is Jewish.

Find out more about the national Caring Across Generations campaign.

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Bend the Arc CEO Alan van Capelle writes in the Jewish Journal about two big victories for domestic workers and asks the question, Why is it that American Jews,...


On Thursday, September 26, Governor Brown signed The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law in California. Leaders and supporters from Bend the Arc helped make the difference. ...

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If you've hired a nanny, house-cleaner or caregiver, we invite you to live your values at home. Download our Justice begins at home magnet for steps you can take today.