Kasambahay Law: Wages, Benefits, Penalties

Republic Act 10361, otherwise known as the Kasambahay Law, took effect Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The new law entitles household service workers (HSW) reasonable wages and benefits.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said law mandates that household workers are entitled to receive at least P2,500 per month if they are employed within Metro Manila; P2,000 monthly in other cities and first-class municipalities; and P1,500 elsewhere in the Philippines.

HSWs (general helpers, yayas, laundry persons or labandera, cooks, and gardeners) are likewise entitled to PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig, and Social Security System (SSS) coverage.

Copies of the Kasambahay law implementing rules and regulations (IRR) can be obtained from DOLE regional offices and barangay LGU offices. Under the law, contracts between HSWs and their respective employers must be recorded in the barangay level prior to submission at DOLE.

In an interview earlier, secretary of labor and employment Rosalinda Baldoz said household workers can now seek assistance in filing complaints against their employers from officers of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and the Bureau of Labor Relations assigned in the barangays.

Salient points of the Kasambahay Law IRR are stated on an infographic from ABS-CBN News. You can also print or download a copy of the law from here:

RA 10361 - Philippine Kasambahay Law

Any violation of the Kasambahay Law provisions 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.