A Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights took effect in New York State on November 29, 2010. Among other rights, this law gave domestic workers the right to overtime pay, a day of rest every seven days, three paid days of rest each year (after one year of work for the same employer), protection under the state human rights law, and a special cause of action for domestic workers who suffer sexual or racial harassment. In July 2013, Hawaii became the second state to implement basic labor protections for domestic workers. In January 2014, similar legislation took effect in California.
The National Labor Relations Act was enacted in 1935 by Congress. This law was created to protect the rights of workers in the United States. The act did not cover domestic workers, as well as a number of other employees. Therefore, a six year grassroots campaign was put into effect until the Governor of New York passed the Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights.