Legislature approves some help for 'the help' in work breaks, mealtimes, and overtime

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Domestic workers in California would gain the same labor law protections as other employees in a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The measure cleared the legislature Thursday on a strict party-line vote.

People who employ nannies, housecleaners, and caregivers at home would have to provide those workers with regular breaks, mealtimes and overtime pay.

The change would benefit about 200,000 California workers - most of them women.

Republicans say the law will make it harder for parents and older Californians to afford the domestic help they need.

If the governor signs the bill into law, the state’s Department of Industrial Relations would craft the regulations on how to make it work.