Light bulbs, toilets, smoking in your own apartment, Happy Meals, styrofoam containers, plastic grocery bags, and now Rep. Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has a bill in the state legislature that would punish parents and teenage babysitters. Yes, you read that correctly. The bill, which is meant to cover nannys, housekeepers, and other in-home workers, will also cover babysitters. In a huge bit of irony, this rediculous bill is further intrusion of the nanny state in the affairs of everyone who needs help at home.
From State Senator Doug LaMalfa:
"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."
We need to start burning up the phone lines to Sacramento to stop this unneccessary legislation (Assembly Bill 899). Sen. LaMalfa continues:
"Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers' compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.
Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys' fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers..."
This sounds like an excellent strategy to help the ailing economy - punish already stressed out parents with myriad new rules and regulations to follow just because Mom and Dad want to go out, have a pizza, and see a grown-up movie. Reminds us of a quote from Ayn Rand:
"The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
Great move Mr. Ammiano. We just have one question - when is it enough?