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January 08, 2005

MA: Law Would Protect Janitors When Companies Change Hands

States continue to be where the action is for new labor law innovation. In Massachusetts, state legislators are proposing a law that would require companies that change hands to keep janitors from the building's existing cleaning company for 90 days, instead of immediately bringing in a new custodial crew.

This is critical in promoting job stability, since such contract workers are always afraid that if they demand better work conditions, a company will just switch contractors. This way, a company knows that they can't as easily eliminate "troublesome" workers demanding their rights just by switching cleaning crews.

The Mass law is modelled on California's 2003 Layoff Protection Act, which requires companies to keep contracted labor for 60 days before providing a new labor source, Arroyo added. California's act is not specific to janitors.

Posted by Nathan at January 8, 2005 04:14 PM