Cali: Mandate For Minimum Wage And Breaks For Babysitters

I’m not sure what they think this bill will do, other than making it even more difficult for young people to find jobs and make some extra money.  This meddling government can’t keep it’s nose out of our simplest business and, as always, it messes up the entire system. Just another example of ridiculous job killing regulations by legislatures who have nothing better to do…

Date night may be getting a little more complicated for couples with children in California.

If a labor protection bill passes in the state, parents may be required to pay their babysitters over the age of 18 minimum wage plus overtime, allow a 10-minute rest every four hours and a half-hour meal break after five hours, according to a report from ABC News. The bill would apply to all caregivers and domestic workers, including nannies, housekeepers and those who look after the elderly.

“How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers’ compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for…babysitters?” Republican Sen. Doug LaMalfa asked in a written statement on Tuesday.

It goes on:

Ammiano‘s office called LaMalfa’s comments “wild accusations” and said they were unjustified.

“The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights is not about babysitters,” Ammiano said in a statement on Wednesday. “It’s about extending the same basic labor protections that all other California workers already have to the 200,000 domestic workers who provide care to our disabled and elderly.”

Parents throughout California are voicing their opinions on Facebook.

“What about mandatory breaks for moms? or do you only get a break if you’re PAID to do it? Lame law!” (sic) wrote Jennifer Warren.

While some are just laughing, others say they think the law could introduce a safety issue, because they would be incentivized  to hire a younger (less than 18-year-old) babysitter who may have less experience performing normal babysitting tasks such as picking kids up from school or taking them to the pool.

Who is babysitting the kids while the babysitter takes a break?  Will parents have to run home for 10 minutes to relieve a sitter?  Will children be left to their own devices while a sitter kicks back for a few minutes?

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt