CalChamber News: CalChamber Urges Veto of Nanny Break Bill

(September 27, 2012) The California Chamber of Commerce has released a CalChamber News segment urging Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to veto AB 889 (Ammiano). The bill would order the Department of Industrial Relations to adopt regulations addressing meal and rest breaks and overtime compensation for domestic work employees, including babysitters.   

“AB 889 would result in unreasonable, nonsensical regulations that would overwhelm working families with small children,” says CalChamber policy advocate Jennifer Barrera.  “It threatens to place children in the care of nannies in harm’s way. To stay in compliance with regulations called for in the bill, a parent would need to hire a second nanny to cover breaks of the first nanny or they would have to allow a child to be left unattended during break periods. If the nanny were to work through her break, then the family would be at risk for legal liability and increased costs that could destroy them.  ”

The CalChamber News segment featuring this bill includes interviews with a mom, who believes the bill is unworkable, and a nanny who calls the bill “pointless.” 

Action Needed

The CalChamber is urging members to contact the Governor and ask him to veto AB 889.

See sample veto letter

Staff Contact: Jennifer Barrera