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Protections Sought By Nannies, Other Domestic Workers

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BOSTON (AP) — Nannies and other domestic employees who say they are often forced to put in long hours without the same legal protections as other workers are asking that a “bill of rights” be approved by Massachusetts lawmakers.

The Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers will be at the Statehouse on Tuesday for a legislative hearing on a bill that would require employers to provide such benefits as sick time, guaranteed rest periods and severance.

The group says it represents more than 67,000 nannies, home care workers, house cleaners and other domestic workers in the state.

The bill also contains privacy rights for workers. It would prohibit employers from secretly videotaping workers on the job or monitoring their private conversations.

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