Chicago requires nannies, caregivers and employers to have contracts

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In this file photo from April 2016, home care provider Elaine Walker takes care of her two daughters Melissa, left, and, Dasia, at their home in south suburban South Holland. Starting this month in Chicago, according to a new city law, employers must provide domestic workers with written contracts that include the agreed-upon wage and work schedule information. M. Spencer Green / Associated Press
home care worker
In this file photo from April 2016, home care provider Elaine Walker takes care of her two daughters Melissa, left, and, Dasia, at their home in south suburban South Holland. Starting this month in Chicago, according to a new city law, employers must provide domestic workers with written contracts that include the agreed-upon wage and work schedule information. M. Spencer Green / Associated Press

Chicago requires nannies, caregivers and employers to have contracts

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As of January 1, 2022, all nannies, care workers, and home cleaners who work in Chicago must be provided a written contract — a major win for domestic worker advocates. Advocates say Chicago is the largest city in the U.S. to require domestic worker contracts. Local groups are now tryin to get the word out and inform the thousands of domestic workers in the city as well as their employers.

Reset walks through the details of the new law.

GUESTS: Esther Yoon-Ji Kang, WBEZ Reporter on the Race, Class and Communities Desk

Ania Jakubek, Domestic Workers Organizer with ARISE Chicago