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Outsourcing the Family, Protecting Outsourced Workers

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  1. Cf says:

    An interesting additional consideration is a family’s cost benefit analysis of these “protections”. Many families who “outsource motherhood” are not the super rich, rather they are hard working two income families trying to make ends meet. While the protections offered are obviously needed in many situations, and would benefit the Domestic Worker in “abusive”, “injured” or “overworked” scenarios, those workers who ARE treated fairly would not necessarily see an added benefit (their pay would not go up). However, the COST of these protections to the middle income families, where both spouses work (voluntarily OR based on financial needs), will increase significantly. With this cost increase, it may be financially impossible for one parent in the family to work (cost of Domestic Worker > income from work). In these situations, the effect of the new regulations protecting domestic workers would actual limit families/ men/ women/ choices to work. Not only would this eliminate potential Domestic Worker jobs, it would also shape when and if both parents could work. Could these protections then actually force one parent of a middle income family to stay at home based on the family’s inability to afford the higher cost of childcare? Do the benefits to the domestic workers outweigh the possibility of restricting a mother’s desire to go back to work after children? Does this fall into the category of the law shaping cultural values- even if unintended?