National Domestic Workers Alliance - Fair Care Labs

Region of Impact
United States
Total funding
$1.5 million
Funding began in
2017
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Overview

Using technology to make work better for nannies, caregivers, and housecleaners

What they do

For decades, domestic workers in the United States have been excluded from the most basic labor protections. Also, as private homes are often places of employment, incidences of non-payment and other worker abuses are alarmingly high.

Since 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) has fought for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. To address issues across the sector, NDWA established Fair Care Labs, an innovative technology lab that builds tools to improve work conditions for domestic workers. Their flagship product, Alia, is a mobile platform that enables cleaners to access benefits like paid sick days and insurance protections. Fair Care Labs has also released Contracts for Nannies, which allows employers and child care workers to customize a standardized work agreement.

How we're helping

Google.org’s funding is helping Fair Care Labs extend the reach of its products by making them available in more languages and by ensuring the most vulnerable workers know the tools exist. The funding is also being used to build new technology, including an application that supports career advancement. Google volunteers will work with Fair Care Labs on the roadmap, design, and development of these products.

Project gallery

An NDWA-affiliated nanny entertains an infant near a park bench
An NDWA member advocates for labor protections for domestic workers
An NDWA-affliated domestic worker smiles while looking at a colleague
An NDWA-affiliated housecleaner wipes down a window

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