California regulating babysitters out of business

September 1, 2011

With millions of people fleeing the once-Golden State, California is focusing on what’s really important:

The nanny state impulse runs strong in the Golden State, where the State Assembly has passed a bill that would virtually regulate babysitting out of business. After 2 hours of babysitting, a mandatory 15 minute break must be give, meaning that a stand-by babysitter must be present. Then there are the paperwork requirements, and the severe penalties that kick in for any parents who fail to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. State Senator Doug LaMalfa writes:

The bill has already passed the Assembly and is quickly moving through the Senate with blanket support from the Democrat members that control both houses of the Legislature – and without the support of a single Republican member. Assuming the bill will easily clear its last couple of legislative hurdles, AB 889 will soon be on its way to the Governor’s desk.

Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers’ compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.

If you live in California, run! Run while they’ll still let you escape!

7 Responses to California regulating babysitters out of business

  1. Haverwilde on September 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hmmm, I guess instead of hiring an 18 year old to babysit the two grandkids, I will hire the two grandkids, to entertain an 18 year old. And if the 18 year old is a good audience, the two kids can give her a tip for being so attentive.
    I wonder if that would work?

  2. ATTILA on September 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

    The leftist/progressive mindset laid bare for all to see. Liberalism is a mental disease.

  3. Master of the Obvious on September 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

    What’s next, Lemonade stands??

    Knowing California, they’ve probably already regulated lemonade stands too

    I agree with Attila, “The leftist/progressive mindset laid bare for all to see. Liberalism is a mental disease.”

    There is no other plausible explanation.

  4. Gerry Owen on September 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    How in the HELL do people put idiots like this in office??????

  5. Mr. Nosuch on September 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    California is indeed quite the regulated state, but can anyone actually find the text in the bill (or any version of it) that says this?

    It’s not a long bill, and I don’t see it. I see this:

    ” 1461. (a) Every domestic work employer shall authorize and permit
    all domestic work employees to take rest periods, which, insofar as
    practicable, shall be in the middle of each work period. The
    authorized rest period time shall be based on the total hours worked
    daily at the rate of 10 minutes net rest time per four hours, or
    major fraction thereof, of work. However, a rest period need not be
    authorized for domestic work employees whose total daily work time is
    less than three and one-half hours. Authorized rest period time
    shall be counted as hours worked for which there shall be no
    deduction from wages.
    (b) If a domestic work employer fails to provide a domestic work
    employee a rest period in accordance with the applicable provisions
    of this order, the domestic work employer shall pay the domestic work
    employee one additional hour of pay at the employee’s regular rate
    of compensation for each work day that the rest period is not

    So technically, obeying the letter of that law, no breaks is needed for 3.5 hours, and if you need more than that, you have to pay for an extra hour if there’s no real “break.” And it’s one break every four hours, ideally in the middle of the shift “where practical.”

    Again, that’s adhering to the pure letter of the law.

    Sure laws get kind of silly spelling everything out, but the interpretation that a break is needed every two hours isn’t really there.

    But hey, it’s a great story if you ignore the facts. Let’s get angry! GRR. After all, no employer ever took advantage of domestic help. Silly lawmakers!

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