California The Nanny State
Another Ridiculous Law
The laws in this once great nation are getting more ridiculous by the minute. We have been in a recession, well more of a depression, for a number of years now. Instead of local, State, and Federal government officials getting together to work out these issues. They are getting together to either argue with one another, point fingers at each other, or write and try to pass new laws that hinder the already beaten down American citizen.
California's new Assembly Bill 889, is another one of these new ridiculous laws that is trying to pass. It has already cleared the Assembly and is expected to receive overwhelming support from Senate Democrats, who control both houses of the California legislature.
Under this typical Americans would become legally responsible for paying workers’ compensation benefits, meal breaks, and paid vacation time for all “domestic employees”. These "domestic employee's" would include babysitters, nannies, gardeners, housekeepers, etc...
Most households have to have both parents working to be able to just "stay afloat" these days. This makes it very hard when parents have small children because of the high costs associated with day care. If this new law gets passed parents will not have to pay for one babysitter they will have to pay for two. Parents will have to provide substitute caregivers every 2 hours to cover a 15 minute break and a 30 minute meal breaks. On top of that they will have to pay for any overtime worked, provide a line-item pay stub showing gross and net wages earned, total hours worked, deductions ,and both employer and employee Social Security numbers.
If you do not abide by these new policies, you will be liable for penalties, lots of penalties. Including attorneys’ fees, legal expenses, and back pay up to a maximum of $4,000.
Ridiculous laws like these are not helping Americans, if anything it is hindering them. What will these laws bring? Will some people be leaving their elderly relatives and possibly their children alone at home while they go to work? What do you think of this law?