Thursday, September 1, 2011

California Babysitting Bill Spells Doom To Parents Date Night


Another idiot bill is circulating the chambers of the California legislature.

Assembly Bill 889
(authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco) requires that for parents who hire babysitters over the age of 18 they will be expected to provide workers' compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks! The paid vacation time requirement was removed from the bill (how magnanimous!)

No joke!


Date night may soon become a thing of the past with this legislation.

So that college student, or senior citizen, looking for a few extra bucks for watching your child for a few hours on a Friday night - forget it.

The Statist Democrat majority is seeking these so-called "protections" for all “domestic employees,” including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers - over the age of 18 (unless they are a family member).
The bill has already passed the Assembly and is quickly moving through the Senate with blanket support from the Democrat members that control both houses of the Legislature – and without the support of a single Republican member. Assuming the bill will easily clear its last couple of legislative hurdles, AB 889 will soon be on its way to the Governor's desk.

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers' compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys' fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers – from agricultural laborers to garment manufacturers.

Of course these Statist Democrats do not understand that this will further hurt employment for people. The unreasonable costs placed in this legislation will of course discourage people from hiring housekeepers, nannies and babysitters and most likely increase the use of institutionalized care.

Maybe that's what they really want - more old people and children in institutionalized care.

Sigh - it's all so absurd.