A measure that would extend labor protections to domestic workers in Illinois could go up for a vote in the state Senate Wednesday.
The bill, HB 1288, would ensure that domestic workers are paid no less than the minimum wage and receive at least one day off a week, among other provisions.
As part of the legislation, called the "Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act," domestic workers such as nannies, house cleaners and caregivers would be covered under the state's Human Rights Act, the Minimum Wage Law, the Wages of Women and Minors Act and the One Day Rest in Seven Act.
The Illinois House approved HB 1288 back in May.
Workers' rights advocates say domestic workers play a critical role in Illinois' economy by caring for children, the elderly, people with disabilities and homes, yet for years they've worked in the shadows.
The domestic workforce, mostly made up of women, has historically been excluded from protections under state and federal laws extended to workers in other industries.
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have already passed similar versions of a domestic workers' bill of rights.
Illinois domestic workers and their allies with the Illinois Domestic Workers Coalition, including religious leaders and the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, are set to rally Wednesday afternoon in support of HB 1288 at the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol.