DOLE XI starts consultation series on Kasambahay law

Subscribe Now March 18, 2013 at 08:42am

The Department of Labor and Employment XI has started consultations on the Batas Kasambahay or Republic Act no. 10361 which institutes policies for the protection and welfare of domestic workers. Sonia Delfin, Senior Employment Labor Officer of the DOLE XI said the initial consultation on Thursday was conducted with the members of the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council composed of representatives from the management, government and the labor sector.

She said the DOLE XI will also conduct a forum this month where commentaries and suggestions are given consideration to the formulation of the implementing rules and regulations of the Kasambahay Law.

The Kasambahay Law was signed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on January 18, 2013.

Delfin said the law guarantees standard salary for domestic workers at P2,500, P2,000 and P1,500 for the National Capital Region, chartered cities and municipalities, respectively.

She said the law also provides fairness and respect, board, lodging and medical attendance, privacy, access to outside communication, right to education and training, social benefits, 13th-month-pay, leaves and rest day for domestic workers.

“The worker-employer relationship must be formalized with a contract, where each of them must inform prior to any termination of services,” Delfin said.

She also said the law underscores the protection for employers from workers who might have criminal tendencies.

Delfin said the law forfeits the unpaid wages of domestic workers worth for 15 days if they suddenly leave work without notice to the employers.

She said that under these circumstances, the employers can demand for refund for the workers’ deployment.

Delfin said the law also requires domestic workers to submit health certificate and clearance from the police, barangay and the National Bureau of Investigation.

“It is to ensure the protection of the members of the household from being afflicted of any illness and for employer to feel secured that domestic helper has no criminal record,” she said.


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