Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

Location Massachusetts
Organization Health Resources in Action

This HIA will inform the establishment of a Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights that is under consideration by the state Legislature. The bill of rights would amend state labor law to guarantee basic work standards and protect domestic workers, primarily nannies, housekeepers, and personal caregivers/aides. The HIA will provide the best available information on the law’s potential health effects on domestic workers, their families and communities, and recipients of their services. These impacts may be associated with rest and recovery time, wage and income security, and occupational health. Examples of immediate impacts of the bill include changes in amount and quality of sleep; the ability to seek care when sick or injured; flexibility and control over work schedules; income; privacy; and exposure to health and safety hazards, among others. Intermediate impacts might include changes in cognitive functioning and concentration; physical and emotional fatigue; productivity; social relationships; and, economic security.

This HIA was funded through a partnership with the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Health Impact Project.

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At A Glance
  • Status:
  • Publication date:
    2014, June
  • Decision-making levels:
  • Sectors:
    Labor and employment
  • Additional topic areas:
    Human resources policies, benefits, Legislation, Mental/behavioral health, Wages
  • Drivers of health:
    Access to services/medical care, Employment, Family and social support, Income and wealth
  • Affected populations:
    Economically disadvantaged, Linguistically isolated, Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Community types:
    Urban, Suburban, Rural
  • Research methods:
    Primary research, Focus groups, Literature review, Quantitative research, Qualitative research
  • Funding source:
    Health Impact Project grantee