On April first, two thousand fifteen, the provisions of the new Massachusetts domestic workers protection act went into effect. Some domestic workers now have rights that most other employees do not have and individuals and families in private homes who employ these domestic workers are now regulated as employers with responsibilities and liabilities.
The law defines a ‘domestic worker’ as a person who is paid to perform the work of a domestic nature within a private home whose vocation is to provide child care services on more than a casual basis and is not a personal care attendant. The law does not cover any licensed employment agency. I will provide more information in future legal minutes.