Life in “Blue Virginia:” Northam Ushers in Nanny State

Thanks to the Family Foundation for this summary of bills affecting everyday Virginians. Prince William County representative whole-heartedly supported these bills.

The three “Nanny State” bills – SB 1310 (D–McClellan), HB 1864 (D-Price) and HB 2032 (D-Gooditis) – create a new category of employee called a “domestic worker,” which in both SB 1310 and HB 1864 includes anyone who is paid “directly or indirectly” to be home companions, babysitters (other than family members, friends, or neighbors), a nanny to care for one’s children, tutors, in-home nurses, caretakers, home health aides, personal care aides, etc.

Because of these “nanny state” bills, beginning July 1, 2021, parents will be at risk of being sued for “sex discrimination” if they prefer and then hire a woman over a man to take care of their young children as a babysitter or nanny in the home without them being there.  They could also be sued for “religious discrimination” if they specifically hire someone of their own faith as an in-home tutor.

If that’s not disturbing enough, the legislation also authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to enter a home to inspect, investigate, and question whenever there is a complaint filed under the Virginia Human Rights Act.