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Qatar’s New Domestic Workers Law Receives A Thumbs Up From Filipinos

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The newly approved domestic helps law will be benefitting to over 50,000 Filipino household service workers, said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayeteno, who also thanked Qatar for this ‘progressive legislation’.

Cayetano said Wednesday “This will certainly lead to the recognition, promotion, and protection of the rights of Filipino and other migrant household service workers in Qatar.”

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said the coverage of Qatar’s new “Domestic Employment Law” has been expanded to cover household service workers and provides them with some degree of legal protections.

The new law has restricted the workers from working for more than 10 hours per day, six days a week. The workers are entitled to annual vacations, paid sick leaves and guaranteed breaks for meals and worship.

“This is certainly a cause for celebration as this new law would benefit more than 50,000 Filipino household service workers who did not enjoy these benefits before,” Arriola added.

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