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Park Slope Parents Cheat Nannies out of Overtime Pay, Group Says

Domestic Workers United says Park Slope parents cheat nannies out of legally-required overtime pay.
Domestic Workers United says Park Slope parents cheat nannies out of legally-required overtime pay.
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PARK SLOPE — Park Slope parents illegally cheat their nannies out of overtime pay, a workers' rights group charged.

Domestic Workers United said only 44 percent of parents pay nannies the overtime rate required by state law, the Daily News first reported.

The workers rights group is launching an awareness campaign targeting Park Slope to make sure families follow the 2010 state law known as the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, according to the group's website.

The overtime pay figures were revealed in a survey of parents conducted by the neighborhood group Park Slope Parents. The study found that among "more than 1,000" respondents, just 15 percent of parents paid the time-and-a-half hourly rate that's supposed to kick in after a nanny clocks 40 hours in a work week, according to Park Slope Parents.

Domestic Workers United said it's starting a hotline that nannies can call to get educated on their rights, and the group plans to cover Park Slope with posters and banners reminding parents of their legal obligations, according to the group's website.

Representatives for Domestic Workers United could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday.

The Park Slope Parents survey found that more than half — 52 percent — of families employ their nannies for more than 50 hours per week. The average pay rate was $14.22 an hour for one child, and $16.32 an hour for three children.