As of January 1, 2014, domestic workers in California are now covered by overtime pay laws. The law was approved by Governor Jerry Brown in late 2013 and makes domestic workers eligible to receive one-and-one-half their regular pay rate during overtime for the next four years.
There is a difference, however, in their overtime pay rate, as it only kicks in after a worker has put in nine hours in a workday or 45 hours in a workweek, whereas regular overtime pay applies after only eight hours and 40 hours, respectively.
The law defines domestic workers as those who perform domestic work ranging from live-in workers and child-care providers to housekeepers and maids. People under the age of 18 who work as babysitters or those who work infrequently as babysitters are not included.
The law will be in effect until January 1, 2017, after which it could be extended.
There have been various overtime lawsuits in the state this year, including lawsuits against Best Buy, Apple and other organizations, with claimants alleging that employers failed to pay overtime.
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