Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) will soon be introducing the Domestic Workers Act. This bill will require that domestic workers be paid the minimum wage, be paid overtime wages, make certain conduct directed towards them an unlawful discriminatory practice and require a weekly day of rest for domestic workers.

Domestic workers are critical to the US economy. They help families meet many of the most basic physical, emotional, and social needs of the young and the old. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are 1.5 million domestic workers across the country. New York was the first state to pass the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2010. There is an estimate that this legislation will impact 200,000 people in the state of New York. Illinois and California both introduced similar legislation in 2012.  

“We have hidden workers who are caring for children, preparing meals and cleaning the houses of thousands of Ohioans who are out of sight and out of the protection of basic labor standards. We have a responsibility to ensure they are not abused financially, discriminated against or taken advantaged,” stated Senator Tavares.

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Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Reflects On Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Month sponsored by Mental Health America. This year’s theme is called “B4Stage4” which focuses on diagnosing and addressing mental illnesses before Stage 4 in which symptoms are more severe and difficult to treat.

Mental illnesses are sometimes crippling disorders that affect the lives of millions of Americans and oftentimes go unannounced because of the stigma associated with them.

Join me in spreading the word about “mental health” throughout the month of May so that your friends, family, and community can get the support and education that they need.

For more information about mental health awareness, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at


Assistant Democratic Leader Charleta B. Tavares Honors The Life Of Former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Paul Tipps


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