Domestic Workers’ Rights

By Fajer Ahmed

A ‘domestic worker’ is a term used to describe any employee who works inside a house or a residence; for example, a nanny, cook or driver. According to Kuwait’s Public Authority of Civil Information, in the year 2021, there is an estimate of 732,000 domestic workers in the country, comprising nearly a quarter of the population of Kuwait. This is a large segment of society that is often not seen.

Here are a few rights and obligations of domestic workers according to the Domestic Worker Law:

Article (7) – Payment at the end of every month:

The employer is obligated to pay the agreed wages to the domestic worker who works for the employer at the end of every month.

Article (10) – Safe and dignified work:

It is not permissible to assign to the domestic worker any dangerous work that could affect the worker’s health or humiliate the worker’s dignity. The Department of Domestic Labor has the jurisdiction to handle any claims that arise from such behavior.

Article (12) – Documentation and Passports:

The employer is not allowed to keep in his possession any of the domestic worker’s personal identity documents, such as passport or civil status card, unless the domestic worker has agreed thereof.

Article (15) -Obligation of Domestic Workers:

The domestic worker must protect the employer’s wealth and property and not reveal the employer’s secrets.

Article (23) – End of service remuneration:

The end of service remuneration for the domestic worker is to be allocated

for payment after completion of the contract duration. The amount is set at one month’s wage for every year.

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