Kasambahay Bill has been signed into law.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law the Republic Act 10361 or ‘An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers”, commonly known as the “Kasambahay Bill” last January 18, 2013, announced Wednesday by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte.
RA 10361 sets a standard salary and other social protection for domestic workers.
Here are some of the important points of the law:
- Minimum wage: Employers shall follow the standardized pay set by the law. The minimum wage for domestic workers is set at
- P2,500 a month in the National Capital Region;
- P2,000 a month in chartered cities and first class municipalities;
- P1,500 a month for those employed in other municipalities.
- A kasambahay is also entitled of benefits such as bonuses, health and insurance benefits and leave. She/He shall receive a 13th Month Pay.
- A kasambahay is also entitled of social government-mandated benefits like enrollment to the Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig Fund, with premium payments shouldered by employers if the helpers receive a monthly salary below P5,000.
- A kasambahay is also entitled of leave benefits such as an at least five days vacation leave with pay and 7 days paternal leave (for males).
- A kasambahay is also entitled of a daily rest period of at least 8 hours and a weekly rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours (1 day) after six consecutive normal work days.
Read the full text of the Kasambahay bill.
RA 10361 will take effect 15 days after its publication in the print version of the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation.