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.

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- Judy Aron lives with her husband Michael in CT. They have three grown children who were homeschooled and are now successfully pursuing careers. Judy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. She has been involved with the West Hartford Republican Town Committee and the West Hartford Taxpayer’s Association. She belongs to the West Hartford Toastmasters Club and she volunteers for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been widely interviewed by the media. She served as Vice President of Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN) and was their legislative liaison. She now serves as Research Director for National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) providing parents across the nation with important information on legislative issues concerning parental rights and education. Judy has a cable TV show on West Hartford Cable TV entitled: “What You Should Know” and she is the author of the blog “Consent of the Governed“. Most recently, Judy has been involved in various organizations and efforts to Restore the Republic, End/Audit the Federal Reserve, and to educate the public about the issues regarding their Liberty and Freedom, and is working to put a halt to the erosion of our rights. Judy is a fan of Ayn Rand, Seinfeld, Star Trek, Peter Schiff, Judge Andrew Napolitano, The Founders, JPFO, Appleseed, Von Mises, John Taylor Gatto, Wallace and Gromit, Dick Heller and Ruger (not in that order).

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