The Kasambahay Law – RA 10361

We don’t have a kasambahay or helper for 5 years now.  My husband and I decided that I will be a stay at home mom and be in charge of the house, while hubby is in charge of the finances.

housekeeper

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For working parents who have no choice but to hire a helper or kasambahay for their kids and other needs, there is a new law about Kasambahay that took effect last June 4, 2013.

You can read more about it here “IRR of RA 10361 or Batas Kasambahay”. Make sure to download it, print it and read it carefully twice or thrice to make yourself familiar with the rules and regulations.

Here are some questions included in the Q&A section of The Kasambahay Law.

What are the specific acts declared “unlawful” under the law?

a. Employment of children below 15 years of age;
b. Withholding of the kasambahay’s wages;
c. Interference in the disposal of the kasambahay’s wages;
d. Requiring kasambahay to make deposits for loss or damage;
e. Placing the kasambahay under debt bondage; and
f. Charging another household for temporarily performed tasks.
What are the penalties for the commission of unlawful acts under the law?
Unlawful acts are punishable with an administrative fine ranging from P 10,000 to P40,000 to be imposed by the DOLE Regional Offices

 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also creates sample documents to help employer

Sample Contract

Sample Payslip

Sample Certificate of Employment

For more information about this law, check out DOLE website- http://bwc.dole.gov.ph/

 

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