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State's Attorney's Office

Domestic Workers

Montgomery County's Office of Consumer Protection enforces the Domestic Workers Law.  Our goal is to ensure that domestic workers receive the protections they are entitled to under State law and the right to a written employment contract.  

The Domestic Workers Law applies to a worker if she or he:

  • works primarily in a residence located in Montgomery County
  • works at least 20 hours per week for at least a 30 day period
  • performs primarily childcare, housekeeping, cooking, cleaning or laundry-type work
  • works as a companion to a sick, convalescing, disabled, or elderly individual
  • has an employer that is an individual or an employment agency

The law requires employers to present a written contract to domestic workers and offer to negotiate its terms.  It does not require minimums in terms of payment, benefits, or time off.  The contract must include certain terms, view our Contract tab for additional information.

​An employer who violates this law is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation or the penalty for a Class A violation.  The Director of the Office of Consumer Protection may seek damages, restitution, or any other available legal or equitable relief when seeking to enforce Chapter 11.

Click here to read the Domestic Workers Law.