Bloomberg Law
July 16, 2021, 9:41 AM

State Department’s Federal Au Pair Oversight Plan Draws Critics

Lydia O'Neal
Lydia O'Neal

The Biden administration plans to advance its predecessor’s proposal to keep state and local worker protections from applying to foreign au pairs, angering labor advocates who doubt the Department of State—as overseer of the visa program—has the means to shield the young and mostly female workforce from abuse.

“There is a huge problem with the federal State Department’s inability to actually administer and provide oversight of this program,” said Rocio Avila, senior employment law counsel and state policy director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

The live-in childcare workers are recruited through sponsor companies and can stay in the ...

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