Since 2008, Montgomery County, Maryland, has a Domestic Worker Law. The Law requires that a family who employs a domestic worker have a written employment contract with that worker. The Law is enforced by the Office of Consumer Protection. The Office may seek a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation, and additional damages, restitution, or any other available legal or equitable relief.
A recent Washington Post article noted that the Office has only sought to enforce the law once. According to the article:
Take the law passed in 2008 requiring residents to offer domestic workers a written contract. At the time, Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) said he was worried about “whether we would be deemed to be the nanny government of all time.”
Still, the bill passed unanimously.
Since then, it’s been enforced once.
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