97% of househelp without employment contracts

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    NINETY seven percent of domestic workers in the country still have no employment contract despite the fact that this is required under the Kasambahay Law of 2013.

    A study by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) found that of the 1.4 million domestic workers in the country, some 1.36 million either don’t have employment contracts or do not know that it is required.

    “Only 2.5 percent or about 35,000 had written employment contracts,” the NWPC said when it presented the study in a virtual press briefing yesterday.

    Among live-out domestic workers, 97 percent have no employment contracts while 94 percent of live-in domestic workers don’t have formal working deals.

    NWPC Executive Director Criselda Sy said their finding is worrisome considering the law has been in effect for more than seven years.

    “The fact that majority have no written contract is worrisome. Until now, there is low compliance,” said Sy.

    “The knowledge is not yet widespread. There are even several instances where the domestic worker is scared of signing contracts,” said Sy.

    She said the law “spells out all the rights and privileges of the domestic worker, as well as his/her obligations. This is why it is really essential to have a contract.”

    Section 11 of the Kasambahay Law provides that an employment contract should be signed before the domestic worker starts working for the employer.