Massachusetts Senate approves domestic worker bill

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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed legislation to create a “bill of rights” for nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers by establishing labor standards and other worker protections.

The bill approved Thursday would define domestic workers as individuals who provide a range of in-home services like housekeeping, laundering, cooking and providing home companionship.

The bill would also make clear that domestic workers are eligible for government services and benefits such as unemployment insurance, workers compensation and minimum wage protections.

It would set rules for sleep, meal and rest periods, as well as requiring female domestic workers receive at least eight weeks maternity leave if they are full-time employees.

Democratic Senate President Therese Murray said all workers in Massachusetts are entitled to the same rights.

The bill now heads back to the Massachusetts House.

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