Domestic Workers' Rights in Chicago
Domestic Workers in Chicago have a right to earn minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime pay, one day off per week, to be free from sexual harassment and starting January 1, 2022, all nannies, care workers, home cleaners and other domestic workers in Chicago have the right to a written contract. This is one of the first such protections in the country. These provisions expand upon the protections created through the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights established in 2016.
Women Employed is working with the Chicago Office of Labor Standards and partners ARISE Chicago and The Shriver Center to ensure that Chicago nannies, caregivers, home cleaners, other Domestic Workers, and their employers know about these rights and can access resources as they exercise these rights.
Resources for worker and employers
- Sample contracts are available from Arise Chicago in English, Spanish, and Polish
- An informational video Discussing the Rights of Domestic Workers in Chicago is available from the Chicago Office of Labor Standards
- The Domestic Worker Checklist from the Office of Labor Standards provides easy to follow descriptions to determine if someone working in a home is considered a Domestic Worker
- A Household Toolbox for employers is available through a link on the Office of Labor Standards website which includes a compilation of workers’ rights elated to wages, time off, contacts, and safety
- The City of Chicago has created fact sheets with care workers’ rights in English, Spanish, and Polish.
In 2015, Women Employed was instrumental in securing support and successfully advocating for passage of the Illinois’ Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In 2021, we supported passage of the ChiBizStrong ordinance which ensures Domestic Workers will enjoy the same basic job benefits afforded other workers in Chicago including paid sick time, minimum wage, etc. The ordinance also requires that employers provide home care and other Domestic Workers with written contracts.