Monday, July 8, 2013

Kasambahay Law 101

I grew up with a nanny but that doesn't mean that we're rich, its just my parents are both working that time. Yun kasi yung first instict ng iba na kapag may kasambahay, maid, or yaya mayaman ka, pero the truth is may mga instances na kailangan talaga natin ang serbisyo nila.
Marami-rami din kaming naging kasambahay - may kasambahay kami na pinagaral pa ng parents ko pero sympre nung makagraduate na sya she decided na humanap ng ibang work, parang si Mhaya dela Rosa lang ang peg. Mabait naman ako kaya lang mejo may katarayan at kamalditahan din nga siguro ako nung bata ako, one time itinapon ko lahat ng damit ng yaya namin sa bintana at pinapalayas ko sya mga grade I pa lang ako noon,maldita ..hehehe, well as I remembered  nagstart kasi yon summer vacation so both of parents nasa office ako lang at yung brother ko naiiwan sa bahay at sya, pero pagkakaalis ng parents ko don na sya pumupunta sa tapat bahay na may billiard hmmm siguro andon yong boyfriend nya babalik na lang kapag lunch time, pero wala ako magawa bata pa ako, minsan nakalock talaga yung pinto, she is the same kasambahay na pinagiwanan namin sa brother ko kasi may pinuntahan kami pagbalik namin sa bahay walang tao may nakita lang kaming letter at sinabi na parang kinidnap sya ek-ek na kung hindi daw sya sasama pati yung kapatid ko tatangayin. We found my brother sa uyaye sa taas ng bahay namin buti na lang may door pa yung upper part ng bahay bago ka makapasok so at least safe pa rin kahit papaano yung kapatid ko - what if nahulog sya uyayi nya at nakagapang pababa ng stairs. From then on hindi na kumuha si Mommy ko ng stay-in na kasambahay, nagkaroon pa rin kami ng mga sumunod na kasambahay pero live out na. Malaking tulong talaga sila pero yun nga lang ang hirap kapag nawala, I was in third year highschool na nung totally wala kaming kasambahay, or even labandera. Honestly nahirapan akong magadjust pero nung natutunan ko naman nagenjoy ako. Just when last year we tried again to get kasambahay for my pamangkin actually every year since ipinanganak yung eldest nephew ko nagta-try na kami kumuha ng yaya for him pero wala talagang tumatagal - its either na after a month aalis na kasi ang reason lang daw naman nya para may pambili ng cellphone, meron naman tumagal pero umuwi kasi magbibirthday lang daw ang anak nya then babalik ulit pero di na bumalik so pati yung hiniram na pera sa sister in law ko nadala nya, meron namang pinaalis na talaga ni Mommy at Daddy ko kasi aside sa laging nanunuod lang daw ng tv may mga ilang pieces na rin ng personal things sa bahay na nawala at nakita sa kwarto sa bahay na ginagamit nya. Hay ang hirap humanap ng isang Mhaya dela Rosa o kaya Doris or Sabel or much better Manang Fe.
Pero guys are you aware to the latest law that was passed last June? well kung hindi pa, our lesson for today is Kasambahay Law 101. Take note this is a pre-requisite kaya dapat aware kayo.

Take note the age BELOW 15 years old of age is PROHIBITED. We have a Child Labor Law also to follow. Kaya kahit pa magmakaawa sa inyo sa ibang way na lang natin sila tulungan.

Its clear stated that the kasambahay will receive CASH meaning it must be handed to them not through ATM or in any forms and upon receiving the money you can give the payslip as well.
They must also get some benefits like SSS, PHILHEALTH, and PAG-IBIG.  They are different fom each other, the says all of them must be shouldered by the employer not only SSS or Philhealth dapat tatlo.
 As an employer hindi maiiwasan na minsan is nakakahiram ng pera sina Mhaya, Doris, Joma or Sabel minsan may mga emergency silang pinagkakagastusan, and that's the time na nakakahiram sila ng pera, in short parang mga empleyado din sila sa mga opisina, they can also avail loans.
According to RA 9208 - Anti Trafficking in Persons Act 2003
Debt Bondage - refers to the pledging by the debtor of his/her personal services or labor or those of a person under his/her control as security or payment for a debt, when the length and nature of services is not clearly defined or when the value of the services as reasonably assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt.
Like anyone of us, they need rest, leaves and even vacations. Unlike to the tv shows na napapanuod natin hindi na pwedeng kahit maysakit na si Inday ay paglalabahin or pagbibilarin mo sa init para magdilig ng mga orchids mo. They are also entitled of the following rights.
I heard and watched stories how kasambahays were deprived from basic needs like foods and lodging, yung iba pa tirang pagkain lang ang pinapakain. Kasambahays are already part of our family and if you can't treat them as a family member at least treat them as human. They must be respected too.
I admire Mommy so much how she treated our former kasambahays, they have their own room with furniture almost the same as ours. My mom usually prepared a set of hygienic stuffs like towel, soap,etc. na ibinibigay nya sa first day pa lang ng kasambahay. Kasabay namin sa mesa kumakain ang kasambahay namin, even my other relatives who have their own kasambahays kapag kakain kasabay rin namin sila. Kung anong kinakain namin kinakain rin nila.
Since there are so many schools nowadays are offering night classes, the employer shall allow them to go to school. Oh wag magtaas ng kilay mga madam, it doesn't mean na isho-shoulder nyo yung tuition fees and other expenses nila, what the law says is yung mabigyan sila ng time or chance na makapag-aral, regarding the needs in school its up to you if you will help them or give them some financial assistance or nasa paguusap nyo yan.
Maraming makakarelate dito....
But be sure that you are fair and just in weighing who's fault
Other rights of the Kasambahay that included in this law:
- right to form or assist labor organization
- right to be provided a copy of labor contract
- right to certificate of employment
- right to exercise own religion, beliefs and cultural practices
For sample labor contract, payslip and employment certificate, check here
For the kasambahays who are below 18 years old the contract shall be signed by parent or guardian with the punong baranggay or baranggay officer as witness.

Be sure to really check the birth certificate to verify their age. Once that you employed them and in the end you found out that he/she is below 15 years old tsk tsk tsk baka makasuhan ka pa according to child labor law. In that case "age" is an essential requirements in hiring kasambahays.
For some, "kasambahay" is "only" a helper but whatever treatment you want to give them, be sure to treat them with respect. Imagine your days without them? especially for the working parents
Ignorance of the law excuses no one, so for those who have plan or already have kasambahays be sure that you abide on this RA 1036.

1 comment:

  1. I just can't understand why SSS would require the employer to pay for SSS premium from the time the househelp was employed when in fact the law took effect only last June!!!

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