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Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

November 1, 2012

This report compiles wage and benefit data from numerous types of domestic workers, including home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners. More than 2,000 workers were interviewed in 14 major metropolitan areas. The report finds that many workers earn very low wages relative to the national median; some earn below the federal minimum wage. The researchers conclude that domestic workers should be included in minimum wage standards in all states where they are currently excluded.

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Key Takeaways

Domestic workers (e.g. home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners) often experience substandard jobs.
Domestic workers experience low pay, rarely receive benefits, and face challenging and dangerous work conditions.
Domestic workers be should included in employment and labor laws, such as minimum wage.

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