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Brilliant California Legislators Move To Regulate … Babysitting

Sen. Doug LaMalfa writes that a new bill sailing through the California legislature will require parents to provide babysitter’s workers’ comp benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time.

Assembly Bill 889 is sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, and will require these protections for all “domestic employees,” including nannies, housekeepers and caregivers:

  1. The King Prawn

     I heard a new acronym at work yesterday that covers this: NTAC. No Talent [expletive] Clown.

  2. The Great Adventure!

    I thank the Lord that my kids are 17 and 21, and that I don’t live in Cali.  Even Oregon isn’t that loony.  Well, maybe it is, but in different areas.

  3. StickerShock

     Molly, much of those requirements are already in existence.  They’re just never enforced.  Babysitting is usually part of a black market, underground arrangement.  But technically, the sitter is supposed to report the income and the parents are supposed to pay the employer share of social security and handle withholding, etc.  Nobody does, I know, but we are all breaking the law with the informal hand shake agreements currently in place.

  4. Pilli

    Wasn’t there a post recently describing how each of us are lawbreakers on a daily basis because of inane, obscure gov’t. regulations?

    Chalk this up as yet another way.

  5. Western Chauvinist

    It begs the question, when will sensible Californians have had enough?  What will it take to either abandon the place or accumulate enough votes to rid the legislature of such nonsense?  Peter?  Rob?  

  6. MitchellM

    Actually babysitters are specifically exempted. See sec. 1451(b)(2)(C). But yeah, there will be fewer people employed overall.

  7. Songwriter

    I would be shocked – except that it’s California we’re talking about. 

  8. Mollie Hemingway
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    MitchellM: Actually babysitters are specifically exempted. See sec. 1451(b)(2)(C). But yeah, there will be fewer people employed overall. · Aug 31 at 7:16am

    You’re the second person to say that but here’s what I get when I read sec. 1451(b)(2)(C):

    1451. As used in this part, the following definitions apply: (b) (2) “Domestic work employee” does not include any of the following:

    (C) Any person under 18 years of age who is employed as a babysitter for a minor child of the domestic work employer.

    Is babysitter a term to describe only people under 18 years of age? I’ve never used it that way. And in 4+ years of babysitter hiring, I’ve yet to even find someone under 18 who babysits, much less hire them.

  9. Claire Berlinski
    C

    You beat me to writing about this by about ten seconds. I was reading the bill. It’s as insane as it sounds, and it’s not just babysitting, but all domestic care. If enforced–and I doubt it can be, it will just create an even bigger black market–I suspect quite a number of elderly people who might otherwise live fairly independently will end up in state institutions. 

  10. Mel Foil

    If your undocumented babysitter is also an undocumented alien, then don’t worry. You’re safe.

  11. Ajax von Kaiserpenguin

    Yet again the stalwart public servants in government make it that much harder to a) find good child labor, and b) exploit the living hell out of it.  Just how far do they expect an evil, soulless, profiteering capitalist to go to turn a dishonest buck?

  12. Mollie Hemingway
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    Ajax Telamônios: Yet again the stalwart public servants in government make it that much harder to a) find good child labor, and b) exploit the living hell out of it.  Just how far do they expect an evil, soulless, profiteering capitalist to go to turn a dishonest buck? · Aug 31 at 7:27am

    Ironically, the underage babysitters are the only ones exempt from this. So if this bill worked as claimed, it would be exploiting child labor.

  13. Terrence O. Moore
    C

     Unbelievable.  Aside from all the other horrible unintended consequences (if we are being charitable) of this insane bill, it also discourages perhaps the greatest benefit of girls and young women from 12 to 22 babysitting regularly: practicing for motherhood.  Consequently, when these young women who have been kicked out of the babysitting industry because of overregulation begin to have their own children, they will be more inclined to turn their children over to the EXPERTS.  By that time there will likely be a babysitting union if the loonies in California have their way. 

  14. Ajax von Kaiserpenguin
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.:  Ironically, the underage babysitters are the only ones exempt from this. So if this bill worked as claimed, it would be exploiting child labor.

    Well, if the bill was written properly in the first place, with all logical consequences accounted for, then the assembly-critters would have one less thing to do in the next legislative session, which very well could lead to the frightening possibility that they the people might decide that they the legislators aren’t really needed and can thus go home and find something productive to do.

  15. TucsonSean

     some people will simply do without — not everyone — but enough to do more harm to the lower wage earners.  These are the kinds of jobs they have to take to make ends meet — whether as a sole job or as one of many.  Do they really think that these kinds of jobs are sweat shop jobs that need their regulation?

    This is how the left truly hurts the poor and increases their dependency on the state.  This is criminal. 

  16. StickerShock

     Part of the reason parents hassle with payroll deductions for sitters is so they can then claim childcare tax credits.  Just another layer of bureaucracy piled on.

  17. Snow Bird

    It’s good to see the California legislature concentrating on really important issues. I expect this bill to revitalize the state’s economy and bring it roaring back to fiscal solvency.

  18. The Mugwump

    What?  No licensing requirements for babysitters?  No government mandated training?  No government agency to oversee the industry?  No enforcement mechanism?  The tax requirement is only the beginning. 

  19. Charles Gordon

    Rewarded: Illegal aliens working in the black market will be in greater demand. More state workers will be hired to administer awareness, compliance, and enforcement of the law. State worker unions will be enriched with more members, dues, and power.

    Punished: Honest middleclass families with children. Taxpayers supporting the social services of a greater number of people forced into the black market.

    Government has declared class warfare on the private market. Tea party movement: Faster please.

  20. C. U. Douglas

    As one radio host here likes to say, this is why California needs a part time legislature.  Full timers have nothing better to do but sit around and decide how to run our lives.  At this right, I will end up back in Oregon because California will kill all jobs and businesses.

    I tend to be a pessimist any more.  Nowadays I believe that many people have to experience the full extent of their foolishness before seeing error.  And some never will.  Proverbs 26:12 — “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

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