New Jersey’s roughly 50,000 domestic workers — nannies, housekeepers and home health aides — say they lack basic protections in the workplace. A group of Democratic lawmakers is renewing a call to pass legislation to secure their jobs.
On Wednesday, Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Richard Codey along with Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake introduced the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, intended to help stop wage theft, unstable schedules and to give access to health benefits for these workers, many of whom are women of color and immigrants. According to the legislators, 90% of domestic workers say they don’t have a contract to protect them and more than half were subject to having their wages stolen. They belong to one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country, one that was hard-hit by the pandemic.