This Women’s Day, SERI launches a new resource guide entitled, Employing a Domestic Worker: a Legal and Practical Guide. This user-friendly guide has been written for employers of domestic workers in South Africa. The guide informs employers of domestic workers of their rights and obligations in the employment relationship, provides practical advice towards creating a healthy working environment and supports them to improve their employment practices. This guide follows the Domestic Workers’ Rights: A Legal and Practical Guide, a guide developed for domestic workers, published in June 2018.
Domestic workers are an essential part of how many families and households operate. The child and home-care they provide contributes to the national economy by enabling others to carry out their own jobs. However, many employers are unaware of the laws which regulate this employment relationship.
The guide provides legal advice and guidelines on the different phases of the employment relationship, namely:
The guide also includes a section on “Creating a fair workplace” which discusses fair wages, social protections, pensions, and other benefits followed by a frequently asked questions section. This guide was produced by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance (Izwi). It was written by Kelebogile Khunou (SERI researcher) and Amy Tekié (Izwi co-founder).