NANNY STATE: Baby Sitting Bill in California … Are These Folks Insane?


America, you know when you have a problem with an over-reaching government … When they interject themselves into date night.Talk about taking the “NANNY” state to the extreme.

So in California, parents are going to be required to provide provide workers’ compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for … babysitters? What if they are only 13 years old? What is the individual is a retired 67 year old grandmother?

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

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.

Talk about the “law of unintended consequences”, or is it intentional on the part of liberals? As stated at The Union, there is no doubt that the result of this foolishness will be to discourage individuals from hiring housekeepers, nannies and babysitters and increase the use of institutionalized care rather than allowing children or the elderly to be cared for in their homes. No Doubt at all.

WIZBANG has it right, looks like the only thing that makes sense is for couples to just stay home and nix the babysitter.  Out of control politicians have passed laws that would make it illegal for children to have lemonade stands and now this. When will they stop and better yet, when will “We the People” stand up against this nonsense?

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    One Response to “NANNY STATE: Baby Sitting Bill in California … Are These Folks Insane?”

    1. Babybear on September 1st, 2011 8:54 am

      In answer to your question, “Are these folks insane?” The answer is “Yes.” Why do California residents put up with this nonsense? Is this particularly form of insanity contagious? It appears so.

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