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Calif. Nanny State May Legislate Babysitter Pay
In an effort to create an ultimate Nanny state, the California Assembly has recently passed legislation that legislates the proper treatment of babysitters, as per the Assembly’s standards. The new legislation requires that babysitters receive rest and meal breaks. Additionally, parents who hire babysitters would be required to provide workers’ compensation benefits.
Still, analysts are concerned that such a bill would likely hamper the creation of jobs because families will be less likely to hire housekeepers, nannies and babysitters, opting instead for the use of “institutionalized care rather than allowing children, the sick or elderly to be cared for in their homes.” PJ Tattler writes, “AB 889 will make live-in caretakers and senior companions completely unaffordable, forcing countless seniors into institutionalized living situations, whereas until now they could remain in the comfort of their own homes, with semi-affordable caregivers.” According to PJ Tattler, however, that matters little to those who are engaged in a “march toward a progressive future.”
Likewise, parents have articulated concerns over the bill, particularly as it relates to babysitters and the notion that they are entitled to breaks. Jeanne Sager posted in her blog:
Not only do you have to do the impossible of tracking down a responsible college kid to hang with your tot on a Friday night so you can actually sit down for one meal where you don't have to cut up someone else's food. Now you have to find TWO of them. And the second one will have to agree to just show up every two hours for 15 minutes at minimum wage. AND you're going to have to explain to your 3-year-old why Miss Madison has to get up from the rousing game of SpongeBob Memory to go outside and take a break while this other guy comes in ... for 15 minutes.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
Makes me wonder why people aren't fleeing that state in droves.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
reply to post by Stop-loss!
They've still got the threat that "The Big One" will finally hit and dump the whole damned state into the ocean. One can always hope anyway.
If things do get bad enough there to cause a huge refugee crisis, that will only mean that all the other states will become overwhelmed with tons of stupid liberal voters looking to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Originally posted by SuperSecretSquirrel
As a resident of California, this madness comes as no surprise. But not all people are morons, so most will just pay under the table. We do it for all the field workers and dishwashers, why not babysitters? When there is demand for the service and people are willing to do it, loopholes will be found.
Originally posted by surfin4it
I went the the CA site where the proposed legislation's status and history of amendments exists.
I read this thread (so far) and the text of the proposal including the preamble, and IMHO the legislation is intended to provide people who are hired as employees in a home with legal protections given to anyone else who works for a person or company, where the workplace is not a private home.
As far as babysitters go, it clearly excludes anyone hired to look after minors/children. Pay them $4 or $8 per hour, go to dinner and a movie... no change from what is common practice. The "headline" for this thread seems to be 100% inaccurate.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
reply to post by FortAnthem
But, if you plan on doing it under the table, you better make sure you're kids are on the same page.
If the kids mention that in school, the school may decide that the parents are unfit and take the kids away.
I'm sure you'll all heard horror stories about school teacher and counselors jumping to the wrong conclusions, or of kids getting upset with their parents and ratting them out.