DOLE warns employers against violation of ‘Batas Kasambahay’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 June 2013 17:10

PAGADIAN CITY — A top official of the Dept. of Labor and Employment has called on employers of domestic workers to extend to them the benefits stipulated under Republic Act 10361.

DOLE provincial head Lourdes Amores made the call after the “Domestic Workers Act” or “Batas Kasambahay” instituted policies for the protection and welfare of domestic workers has taken effect this week.

Amores warned employers that violation of R.A. 10361 is punishable with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P40,000 without prejudice to the filing of appropriate civil or criminal action by the aggrieved party.

The legislation, commonly known as “Kasambahay Law,” entitles the domestic workers to a minimum monthly wage of P2,500, if they are employed in Metro Manila or in the National Capital Region).

Those working in chartered cities, like in this city, and first class municipalities are entitled to P2,000 monthly salary and P1,500 if they are employed in other municipalities.

They are also entitled to benefits like 13th month pay, incentive leaves and social welfare benefits such as the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG Fund, and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Amores said.

Meanwhile, Amores said her office has yet to determine how many domestic workers would benefit from the law in this province, which comprises 26 municipalities and one city.

She urged employers to register the domestic workers they employed in a particular locality.

She said R.A. 10361 requires the employers to register their domestic workers in their respective barangays in order for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the barangay to monitor the total household workers employed in its area.

As this developed, SSS Pagadian branch head James Buckly said they are open for business from Monday to Saturday this month to accept registration of domestic workers.