The Department of Labor and Employment DOLE shall develop a model employment contract for domestic workers which shall, at all times, be made available free of charge to domestic workers, employers, representative organizations and the general public. The DOLE shall widely disseminate information to domestic workers and employers on the use of such model employment contract. In cases where the employment of the domestic worker is facilitated through a private employment agency, the PEA shall keep a copy of all employment contracts of domestic workers and shall be made available for verification and inspection by the DOLE. Pre-Employment Requirement. However, Section 12 a , b , c and d shall be standard requirements when the employment of the domestic worker is facilitated through the PEA. The cost of the foregoing shall be borne by the prospective employer or agency, as the case may be.

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One labor group dismissed the raise, saying kasambahay should enjoy a minimum of P5, at least. The officers cited steady increases in basic commodity prices to justify their demand. After all, the law protecting kasambahay took effect way back in They are a lifestyle staple among busy folk who need the extra hand in raising children while they slave away at work. Five years after President Aquino signed the Kasambahay Law, there has hardly been any effort to drum up awareness about the rights of domestic workers including stay-in and stay-out helpers, cooks, nannies, gardeners and laundrywomen and men.

The employer cannot withhold food, payment or other basic necessities as punishment, or even monitor personal calls after work. They cannot be forced to purchase commodities such as cellphones, cosmetics, and personal effects from their employer. Government monitors such as those City Hall assigns to business and commercial establishments are not usually present. And in many cases, neighbors who witness abusive behavior refuse to intervene.

Why create enemies across the fence, they ask. Hence, the threat of abuse lingers constantly and committing one is easy. The labor group asking for a higher raise for kasambahay has a point. The actual value of the wages the kasambahay remits to folks back home has significantly diminished in the last five years.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III summed it up nicely when he said families employ kasambahay because they can afford to do so. Kasambahay are foremost a necessity, especially for urban dwellers. It follows that anyone who employs one is expected to give the kasambahay a decent income. The law is there to uphold the dignity of those who left family behind to man the fort while we pursue our dreams.

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Questions about kasambahay law

What is a Kasambahay Law or RA ? SoMoms blogger Jenny Ong shares 8 important points to get you in the know. Who are covered by the Kasambahay Law The Kasambahay Law or Batas Kasambahay covers general household helpers including yayas, cooks, gardeners, laundry persons and helpers hired on a live-out arrangement. Via pep. Who should pay for the pre-employment costs As employer, you are responsible for the costs of hiring and transportation of the kasambahay from his place of origin to her place of work.


The 8List Guide to the Kasambahay Law

These people contribute a lot in our day-to-day work in the household, especially when it comes to taking care of our kids. With extra help in the house, we have more time to prepare the household, be more productive at work, or even have some extra time for ourselves. While we enjoy the perks of having them at home, let us not forget that they have rights, privileges, and needs, too. Below is a summary of some of the pertinent parts of Republic Act No. Aside from the given standard of treatment, we must also provide our domestic helpers with three adequate meals a day, humane sleeping arrangements, and appropriate rest and assistance in case of illness or injuries sustained during service. This is given in addition to the salary that they already receive.

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