Kasambahay entitled to labor standard and leave benefits

SAN FERNANDO CITY – Domestic workers are entitled to labor standard and leave benefits, the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I today announced.

The announcement came after the issuance by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III of Labor Advisory No. 10 series of 2018, titled “Entitlement of Kasambahay to Other Statutory Leave Benefits and Labor Standard Benefits.”

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the advisory states that “the kasambahay shall be entitled to all the rights and benefits granted under Republic Act 10361, as amended, unless otherwise expressly provided.”

Director Lacambra added that the advisory clarifies that in addition to the five days Service Incentive Leave (SIL) granted under Article 95 of the Labor Code, as amended, the kasambahay shall be entitled to leave benefits under the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Solo Parents’ Welfare Act (RA 8972) and Violence Against Women and Their Children Act (RA 9262) provided he/she meets all the conditions for entitlement.

The advisory also provides that employers are not prohibited from granting other benefits in addition to the minimum requirements of the law and encourages dialogue between the kasambahay and employer in the settlement of disputes to promote the welfare of the kasambahay.

RA 10361, which took effect on June 4, 2013, has set mandatory benefits for domestic workers such as minimum wage, overtime pay, service incentive leave, 13th month pay, coverage under the SSS, Philhealth and Pag-IBIG, daily and weekly rest periods.