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In 2016, Illinois became the 6th state to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (House Bill 1288). This bill grants protections to caregivers, nannies, house cleaners, and other privately employed domestic workers. This bill provides domestic workers* with:

  • the right to be paid a minimum wage

  • the right to receive paid time off

  • the right to receive overtime pay

  • the right to have one day of rest each week for 20+ hours of work

  • the right to be protected against sexual harassment in the workplace


As of January 1, 2022, all domestic workers employed in the city of Chicago have the right to provide their own written contract in their preferred language.

As of July 1, 2022, all domestic workers, including those working in childcare, housekeeping, and home health services, must make $15.40 regardless of employer size.

These significant milestones were achieved through years of hard work, with perseverance and a commitment to the livelihoods of domestic workers. We are immensely grateful to our community leaders, partners, and supporters for these tremendous wins!

*Regardless of employment status, immigration status, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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