Our yaya for my 3-year old son has been with us for two years already. I have provided her toiletries, extra Php 50’s for load, free food and lodging, thinking these are good benefits, which they can’t have with other employers.
But, I came across the Kasambahay act or House Bill number 1140. The Magna Carta for the Kasambahay states all the rights and benefits that we should provide to them as their employers.
Below are excerpts from the Magna Carta for the Kasambahay bill.
All household working arrangements or agreements shall be covered by a written employment contract. This should have the following listed:
– Period of employment, which shall not exceed two (2) years.
– Monthly compensation and mode of payment
– Annual Salary Increase
– Working hours and day-off schedules – includes daily 8-hour rest period, weekly 24-hour rest period after 6 consecutive days of work.
– Free and comfortable living quarters or sleeping arrangement
– No deductions should be made by the employer other than wage advances.
– Include Free Medical coverage
– The right to receive 13th month pay
– The right to have maternity leaves for female house hold helps paternity leaves for men
– The right to be enrolled to SSS – shared payment for employer-employee
With these guidelines, I am now aware of the just compensation and benefits that I should provide my yaya. Personally, I would usually give my yaya round trip tickets during her 1-week paid vacation leave, bonus and pocket money. My yaya also goes with me on every trip I have, whether for work or leisure – all expense paid. I implement an open door policy at home and I know they’ll better communicate with me should they have concerns. I always tell myself that I should treat my yaya as family so they’d feel more loved, and in return, I’m hoping she’d genuinely care for my son, too.