That alternative solution was the same one found by millions of American families. We hired a private babysitter, one who did not get herself on the list of government approved day cares. Kathleen, was good with children, ran a tight ship, and actually was well liked by our kids. She was much more reasonable in price, and held flexible hours, something the government approved day cares did not. Over the years, Kathleen became part of the family. All in all, the bad government policy led to what bad government policies always lead to, harm to those the policy is intended to help, and a quasi black market. So, in an effort to further destroy the dreams of its citizens, the state of California has a plan.
How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers' compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for…babysitters? Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.
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.
How much more abuse will the good people of California take from their Democrat Politicians? The bottom line for you folks living on the Left Coast is this, dream to get ahead in this life at your own peril. The State has issued a decree that children are now something for the well to do only. Those people you have elected to office on the laughable premise that they cared for the little guy, have just taken a giant step to destroy the little guy. Those private babysitters were all little guy entrepreneurs, running at home businesses. They will be effectively shut down by this. The Democrats will no doubt tout the fact that they are protecting them by granting them perks, but those perks will only appear if people continue to hire them, which they will in no way be able to do. The people hiring the babysitters will once again be left with children, and diminished incomes, just at a point in life when they need increased incomes. Thank you Democrats!