Goodbye, “au pairs”

Goodbye, “au pairs”

PE Bias Grade : A

By: Allen Nitschelm on February 11, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Au pair agency leaving Massachusetts in wake of minimum wage ruling
Date 02/07/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page B7 )
Syndicated From N/A
Journalist Katie Johnston
Article Summary

Massachusetts Au Pair agencies leaving the state following ruling that they are subject to wage laws.

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The Boston Globe reports on the next unintended consequence of Massachusetts Liberalism. We are no longer a state in which families can hire “au pairs” to care for their children, because a court has ruled that the state’s labor laws apply to these workers.

Most au pairs come from overseas and do childcare while living in the U.S., learning our language and our culture, and perhaps eventually living her permanently. It is a great way to introduce hardworking immigrants who are contributing to our society to our country while giving a break to our own families. Our children get excellent childcare and get exposed to the au pair‘s culture too. That is a win-win.

But regulating good things out of existence are what Democrats do best. One of the most upsetting examples is how our laws have ruined the whole internship option. Most companies no longer allow interns to volunteer because that is exploiting their free labor. Imagine not allowing legal adults to decide if they want to work somewhere for free, to donate their labor, in order to learn new skills and get great experience. So now, companies have to pay interns, and of course, the number of internships is much lower and they are much harder to get. Talk about hurting the students who need the help most. I’m sure there are many people who are successful today who started out somewhere as an intern.

In this, like in other things, other states aren’t so short-sighted. Perhaps some Massachusetts families who want the au pair experience for their children will move elsewhere where the government doesn’t feel the need to butt in to every private interaction.

This article is a follow-up to an article a month ago in the Globe on this same topic, which we also covered. See


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