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Gov. Brown vetoes bill calling for breaks, overtime for nannies

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Sunday that would have had a state agency develop regulations on overtime and meal breaks for nannies, maids and other domestic workers.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) wrote AB 889 and used profanity to register his disagreement with the governor’s veto message, which was one of the longest issued by Brown this year.

In the message, the governor said he wants the state Department of Industrial Relations to study the potential impacts of new rules before they are drafted.

"What will be the economic and human impact on the disabled or elderly person and their family of requiring overtime, rest and meal periods for attendants who provide 24 hour care?" Brown asked in his veto message. "What would be the additional costs and what is the financial capacity of those taking care of loved ones in the last years of life."

"Will there be fewer jobs for domestic workers?" he asked.

The veto drew criticism from Sylvia Lopez a worker with the California Domestic Workers Coalition, which sponsored the bill.

"It is a huge disappointment that Gov. Brown chose not to recognize the people caring for California's families and homes as real workers," Lopez said. "For decades we have tirelessly cared for California's homes, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities without the protection of basic rights. Tonight, Gov. Brown has done a tremendous disservice to thousands of domestic workers, their families, and the people they care for."

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

 
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