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An Introduction
 

Technology has changed the landscape of domestic work. We're harnessing the power of technology to build a caring economy. 

Fair Care Labs makes work better for nannies, caregivers and house cleaners. As the innovation hub for National Domestic Workers Alliance, we experiment with improving marketplace norms, collaborating with the private sector and launching sustainable ventures that will create a fairer future for the care industry.

 

Our Objectives and Tactics

Raising Workplace Standards

We recruit domestic workers by building products, tools, or services.

 

 Creating Private Sector Partnerships

 

Organizing Domestic Workers

We raise job quality and job access for domestic workers

 

Building Products & Enterprises

 

Issues We're Tackling

 
  • How can we improve job access and job quality at scale?
     

  • How do we engage domestic workers through product or service offerings?
     

  • How can we respond to tech businesses entering and aggregating the care and cleaning space?

  • How can technology raise labor standards in a historically disaggregated,unregulated markets?
     

  • How do we raise labor standards voluntarily (without state regulation) among individual domestic employers and businesses?

 
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Current Experiments

“We’ve been working for the dignity and protections of domestic workers for a decade.  As more domestic work shifts online, through on-demand platforms in the gig economy and online marketplaces, the issues related to domestic work have been shifted, not solved.  We want to effect change while the DNA of the online economy is still being written.”
- Palak Shah, Director of Social Innovations.


FairCareLabs is committed to finding unique solutions to challenges faced by domestic workers, including building products that promote greater respect and dignity in domestic work.  Whether building an online platform to create a new, fairer work marketplace or designing tools for employers and domestic workers to use together, our goal is always to support the workers who support us each day.

 

 

 

Fair Care Pledge

In partnership with Hand in Hand, NDWA launched the Fair Care Pledge. The pledge consists of 3 simple standards: Fair Pay, Paid Time Off, Clear Expectations.
 

www.faircarepledge.com

 

Good Work Code

Good Work Code is a set of guidelines on creating good work. It’s a framework that companies endorse and use to articulate current practices and announce new practices.

 

www.goodworkcode.org

 
 

In-House Agreements

In-House Agreements’ mission is to raise the standards and quality of work for caregivers in the workplace. In-House Agreements is “Turbo-tax” for nanny contracts. An online site that allows the user to fill in a form, and create their own printable pdf contract, while providing tips/information and access to the regulations and education about the legal requirements at the same time.

A good contract equals good work.

www.inhouseagreements.org

 

Alia

Alia’s mission is to improve the lives and quality of work for people who work as house cleaners. Alia is mobile platform through which house cleaners can manage their schedule, communicate with clients, set preferences for automatic client notifications, collect payment, manage individual task lists, and find new work.

Making jobs easier, making work better.