Domestic Workers Roundtable

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Since 1973 the PCSW has been working on issues of economic security. In 1979, the commission advocated for a bill that secured minimum wage pay for domestic workers. A domestic worker is defined as someone who works within their employer’s home. These workers, most of whom are women — care for the things families value the most: children, homes, parents and neighbors. The care they provide makes all other work possible for thousands of families in CT.

The PCSW, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau & the CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund, hosted a roundtable discussion about domestic workers on September 25, 2013 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT. To see photos from this successful event click here.

Post Event Materials:

Press Release: Roundtable Highlights Unique Needs of Domestic Workers

Roundtable Notes

Domestic Work: The Profession that Makes All Other Work Possible

Brazilian Immigrant Center Presentation

U.S. DOL Fact Sheet #25: Home Health Care and the Companionship Services Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. DOL Fact Sheet #79: Private Homes and Domestic Service Employment Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. DOL Fact Sheet #79A: Companionship Services Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. DOL Fact Sheet #79B: Live-in Domestic Service Workers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. DOL Fact Sheet #79C: Recordkeeping Requirements for Individuals, Families, or Households Who Employ Domestic Service Workers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. DOL Fact Sheet #79D: Hours Worked Applicable to Domestic Service Employment Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. DOL Fact Sheet #79E: Joint Employment in Domestic Service Employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Charts: 4 Reasons Why the White House’s Domestic-Worker Protections Matter

Thank you to the following people who joined us as participants on the roundtable:

Sandra Barrachina, CT DOL, Wage & Workplace Standards

Jacqueline Cooke, US DOL Women’s Bureau

Leonela Cruz, The International Institute of CT

Lindsay Farrell, CT Working Families

Michael Felsen, U.S. DOL

Jillian Gilchrest, CT Association of Human Services

Sam Gilchrist, New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199

Lisa Levy, Greater Hartford Legal Aid

Paul Mangiafico, DOL, OSHA

Deb Migneault, Commission on Aging

Lesley Mills, Griswold Home Care

Susan Nofi-Bendici, New Haven Legal Assistance

Werner Oyanadel, Latino & Puerto Rican Affairs Commission

Neil Patrick, U.S. DOL Wage & Hour Division

Alice Pritchard, CWEALF

Jessica Sager, All Our Kin

Natalicia Tracy, Brazilian Immigrant Center

Monique Turner-Lopez, YWCA Hartford Region

Meghan Vasel, Brazilian Immigrant Center of CT

Teresa Younger, PCSW

Elaine Zimmerman, Commission on Children

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