Understanding the Kasambahay Law (Part 1)

With the passing of the Batas Kasambahay (Kasambahay Law) or Republic Act 10361, there are certain provisions that we, as employers, are required to adhere to. Of course, we would like to uphold the welfare of our kasambahay. Even though the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) were issued in June, I still find fulfilling the stringent requirements of the law a bit overwhelming and costly, too.

In a way, it is a blessing that we just had a turnover in our domestic workers aka mga kasambahay. We currently employ two, one each for our young kids.

If you want to read the IRR yourself, you can download a copy here. If you are more inclined to reading FAQs, you may access here the QA released by the Department of Labor and Employment.

The husband has been very active in pushing our kasambahays to obtain their Social Security Services (SSS) numbers, even before the passage of the law. The initial problem is that they do not have a copy of their authenticated birth certificates. If this is an issue, the first step is to obtain one through the NSO e-census website (Ako model dyan, pero wala akong komisyon. Promise!). This is the hassle-free way, unless you and your kasambahay have time to spare to go a Census Serbilis Center.

These are the required information for birth certificate requests (your kasambahay should have these data):

*Number of copies you are requesting
*Name (maiden name if married female)
*Place of birth
*Date of birth
*Father’s name
*Mother’s maiden name
*Date of registration, if the birth certificate was registered late
*Purpose of your request
*Your relationship to the birth certificate owner

The cost is Php315 per copy. Payments can be made through BDO or Unionbank branches.

Before you request online, however, it is best to check that your kasambahay does have a birth certificate registered with the civil registrar. Otherwise, if NSO will find no records, they will issue a negative certification which will be of no use to you. Gastos lang!

The documents will be delivered within 3 to 9 working days after payment. The courier representative will require the presentation of a valid ID before they release the documents so ensure that your kasambahay has this on hand. The processing through a Census Serbilis Center will take faster, around 1 to 2 working days.

For more FAQs, you may visit the NSO e-census website.

The complete set of requirements for registration of the Kasambahay with SSS are:

*Personal Record Form (SSS Form E1) which can be downloaded through the SSS website

*Original/certified true copy and photocopy of birth certificate, baptismal certificate, driver's license or passport

*in the absence of the documents above, voter's ID, school ID, police clearance and other ID's may also be submitted.

The SSS now also mandates that new household employers must complete the SSS Form R-1 or Employer registration form and R-1A Employment Report. I hope to complete this the soonest.

Here's a very helpful video on SSS at Kasambahay from the SSS website:

Since I am a very busy bee, I’m taking this one step at a time. Will post more soon.

Understanding the Kasambahay Law (Part 2)

Understanding the Kasambahay Law (Part 3) - Succesful registration with SSS and payment of initial contributions

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