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Qatar ratifies law on domestic workers

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, on August 22, 2017, ratified Law No.15 on service workers in the home or the “Domestic Workers Law”. The new law provides labor rights for domestic workers. It guarantees workers a maximum 10-hour workday, a weekly rest day, three weeks of annual leave, and an end-of-service payment of at least three weeks per year. The Domestic Workers Law requires a written contract that details the type and nature of the job, salary, and other conditions. The new law also sets out minimum requirements governing the employment of any domestic worker, which includes those performing housework, drivers, nannies, cooks, and gardeners, among others.  Click here to see full article>>


First OFW Bank opens in Dubai next year

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines is set to launch the first Overseas Filipino Workers Bank in Dubai in January next year, a few months behind the original target of September. In an interview, Landbank president Alex Buenaventura said the government is planning to establish the first pilot branch of OFW Bank in Dubai in January next year. According to Buenaventura, the government plans to establish at least 25 branches of OFW Bank in countries with high concentration of Filipino workers like the US, Japan, the Middle East and Hong Kong.  Click here to see full article>>


ID for OFWs launched 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday launched the free and permanent identification card system for millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), replacing the much-criticized Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or the “exit pass.” Overseas workers are no longer required to obtain an OEC at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) upon entering or exiting the country, as the ID of the Department of Labor and Employment (i-DOLE) will now serve as their permanent pass.   Click here to see full article>>