Capitol Correspondence - 09.03.19

New Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, Includes DSPs

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In mid-July, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced the Domestic Bill of Rights Act (HR 3760/S 2112) into both Chambers of Congress.  The legislation would establish new worker rights for domestic workers who would include nannies, house cleaners, and even direct support professionals (DSPs).  The bill is led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). Earlier this year NDWA reached out to several disability organizations including ANCOR, the Arc of the US, and NASDDDs asking for feedback on the draft legislation. ANCOR identified several challenges with the draft legislation and offered suggestions on how to better address worker issues within our field. NDWA made several changes to the legislation before its introduction and included an FMAP increase to address some of the costs of compliance for the legislation.  Further feedback was provided last week to NDWA from our Government Relations Advisory Committee members.  ANCOR does not have a position on the legislation at this time,but is pleased to be included in the drafting of any legislation that affects disability service providers and their workforce.

Read the press release about the legislation here