Silverstein’s Domestic Workers Rights Bill Makes a Real Difference

Silverstein’s Domestic Workers Rights Bill Makes a Real Difference

Senator Ira Silverstein was recently honored for his sponsorship and passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Thanks to Senator Silverstein’s legislation provisions for overtime, wages, days off and other protections for Illinois domestic workers has been law for one year.

Thanks to Senator Silverstein domestic workers will no longer be exempt from the Minimum Wage Law, Illinois Human Rights Act, One Day Rest in Seven Act and Wages of Women and Minors Act..

“I am so pleased to hear from domestic workers that their families and lives have been improved thanks to my legislation,” said Senator Silverstein.

According to proponents who include the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Women Employed, and labor and immigrant rights groups, 23% of domestic workers are paid below minimum wage and 58% of live-in workers are required to work during their scheduled time off. That is no longer the case in Illinois thanks to Senator Silverstein’s hard work by passing this landmark legislation.

The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights took effect January 1, 2017. While others talk, Ira acted.