Legislation that would give California's domestic workers such as housekeepers and nannies overtime pay, rest periods and other state labor protections was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday for either a signature or a veto.
The legislation, Assembly Bill 889, went to Brown on a 42-27 vote along party lines. It's sponsored by the California Domestic Workers Coalition and dozens of labor union and civil rights groups and is being carried by Assermblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.
Ammiano and other advocates said the legislation would protect domestic workers against exploitation and insisted that when the state Department of Industrial Relations adopts regulations to implement it, it would not be applied to teen-age babysitters and other casual workers.
Republicans, however, said that it would raise costs for parents and the elderly who depend on household help.