Educational campaign launched for Hawaii domestic workers

Published On: May 13 2014 10:47:12 PM HST

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced the launch of a multilingual public education campaign concerning domestic workers.

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The program is designed for those that work in a household, including housekeepers, nannies and some nurses.

Abercrombie signed the domestic workers bill of rights last year. It provides domestic workers with protection against discrimination and the right to minimum wage and overtime.

"These workers deserve to be treated with the same dignity as any other worker in our state. Now, our laws include rather than exclude them," said Dwight Takamine, DLIR Director.

When the Governor signed Act 248 last year, Hawaii became only the second state in the nation with this kind of legislation that expanded the rights of domestic workers.

The Domestic Workers Have Rights campaign has created informational material in 11 different languages.

It will be posted on TheBus, the DLIR website and spread through community organizations.


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