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Why are some proponents/authors of the Kasambahay law saying they don’t recognize their bill in the law anymore?

Jullie Yap DazaBecause the bills have gone through the wringer of debates and interpellations, undergone revisions and amendments, and then passed the bicameral conference committee when it “reconciled” so many versions and incarnations.

Is it true that the law runs to 24 pages and provides a contract to be signed between employer and kasambahay?

When our kasambahay tried to get a copy of the law or whatever was available, she came back from SSS with an 8-page “Gabay sa Pagsakop sa Kasambahay” – a guide – plus a 2-page SSS employment report and another 2-page employer registration.

Why SSS?

Under the law (one passed in 1993, another in 1997), kasambahay are covered by SSS. Under the 2013 law, employer and employee must pay their monthly contributions together according to a scale based on the kasambahay’s salary.

How much?

Examples. For a salary of P1,250, the employer’s contribution is 70.70 and the employee’s is 33.30. If P15,000, the shared contribution is 1,060 and 500.

Are PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig participating agencies?

The SSS “gabay” (guide) doesn’t mention PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig, but that’s probably because the law does not provide for a one-stop shop. To register their kasambahay, the employer will have to hop from one to the other of all three agencies.

Are employers and employees ready, able and willing?

The penalty, said one Senate source, is both fine and imprisonment. The source did not say what the law provides in a situation where the employer is willing to pay, but not his kasambahay. Will the employer’s contribution be accepted just the same?

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