LOS ANGELES – Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su delivered the keynote address at CareFest, a gathering of entertainment, philanthropy and business and government leaders focused on the future of care held Nov. 2, 2023. “As we build our nation’s infrastructure, we know that a strong, secure care infrastructure is just as important as America’s roads and bridges,” said Acting Secretary Su in her keynote address. During her remarks, Su also announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has published sample employment agreements for domestic workers, including house cleaners, home care workers and nannies. These informal and non-binding agreements serve only as tools for employers and domestic workers to begin conversations and create shared understandings of potential terms of employment.“Today, we take an important step in delivering on the President’s vision,” explained Acting Secretary Su. “In the past, too many care workers haven’t had an agreement as they started their job to set their responsibilities or their rate-of-pay or the quality of their working conditions. Today, the Department of Labor is releasing sample employment agreements for cleaners, home care workers and nannies who are employed by private households.” These sample agreements coincide with President Biden’s Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers, which directed federal agencies to “make all efforts to improve jobs and support for caregivers, increase access to affordable care for families and provide more care options for families.” Specifically, the order called on the Secretary of Labor to develop compliance assistance and best practices for domestic care workers and their employers to promote fair workplaces and ensure the parties know their rights and responsibilities.Provisions in the sample agreements announced today provide examples of the types of terms and conditions of employment that employers and employees may choose to consider for use by both parties in private contracts. Sample contract agreements can be downloaded from the department’s Women’s Bureau website.
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