Infographic: What you should know about the Kasambahay Law?
The Domestic Workers Act, or “Kasambahay Law,” took effect early this month, ushering in a new era of protection for a sector that is often overlooked in the Philippines and abroad.
Signed into law last January 18, the Kasambahay Law is expected to benefit at least 2.5 million household workers in the country.
The new legislation entitles domestic workers — as defined by law — to benefits such as a set minimum wage, paid leaves, and coverage in insurance programs such as the Social Security System (SSS) and PhilHealth.
It also seeks to formalize transactions between employers and workers, with the law requiring an employment contract, pay slips, and even a certificate of employment.
The Kasambahay law serves as the country’s compliance mechanism to the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention (C189), which “extends the ILO standards to a sector which continues to be poorly regulated and remains largely part of the informal economy.”
Before ratifying the treaty, the Philippines headed the ILO committee on domestic workers during a conference in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2011.
Find out more about this landmark legislation in this infographic produced by GMA News Online. — Rose-An Jessica Dioquino & Analyn Perez/YA/HS, GMA News
Source: GMA News Online
Published: June 10th, 2013