LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Misleading article distorts truth | TahoeDailyTribune.com

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Misleading article distorts truth

TahoeDailyTribune.com published an article on Aug. 30 titled “Babysitting bill in Calif. Legislature,” supplied by Sen. Doug LaMalfa that read like a news item. It was a highly misleading characterization of Assembly Bill 889 that specifically does not cover incidental babysitters. The leading line of the article sets this misleading tone: “How will parents react when they find out they will be expected to provide workers’ compensation benefits, rest and meal breaks and paid vacation time for … babysitters? Dinner and a movie night may soon become much more complicated.” This is a distortion and an outright lie. Shame on Sen. LaMalfa.

I offer this quote out of the actual proposed legislation: “Domestic work employee does not include any of the following: Any person under 18 years of age who is employed as a babysitter for a minor child of the domestic work employer.”

Enough said about trying to whip the 90 percent of us up into a frenzy who aren’t affected by this bill who hire babysitters for a night out. The upper 10 percent who hire regular nannies would have to take care of their employees as employees, not as occasional babysitters.

Shame on Doug LaMalfa’s office and on Sen. LaMalfa, who should be able to read the law if he claims to be a legislator. My only question is why do people in the Tahoe area elect people like this?

Dave Hart

Davis, Calif.

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