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Enforcing MoCo's Nanny Bill

The so-called nanny bill passed unanimously by the Montgomery County Council yesterday is all but certain to become law. County Executive Isiah Leggett has said he will sign the measure and is supportive of the measure's requirement that residents who employ nannies, housekeepers or cooks offer their workers a written contract.

But one unanswered question is whether the county would be able to enforce such a law. The Office of Consumer Protection, which would be charged with enforcement, lost two of its 12 investigators to retirement this month.

Eric Friedman, the director, said yesterday that his office would be tasked with ensuring that a contract has been offered, but not with enforcing the provisions of an individual contract.

"When the dust settles, we'll have to see what's in the bill and we'll enforce it to the best of our ability," he said.

By Ann Marimow  |  July 16, 2008; 10:01 AM ET
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Also, what about ensuring that an offered contract has been declined by the worker? Will we be clogging the court system with nannies trying to sue former employers over contracts?
Some of the same arguments of the bill that exclude companions to elderly and disabled can be applied to excluding companions to children (i.e., nannies).
The GWU study that was the impetus of the legislation did NOT conclude that legislation was warranted (and in fact suggested otherwise to a certain extent), and suggested that further research was needed.
MC residents need to stay on top of pending legislation that is ill-conceived before it gets out of hand and gets passed.
While advocates of domestic workers may have wanted this legislation, it isn't clear that workers themselves favor it. The GWU survey did not ask respondents if contracts would be helpful.

Posted by: Susi | July 17, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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