The Domestic Workers Act 19.12 will take effect on Tuesday 2 October. This law consists of a number of obligations for employers who now have to write a contract for a definite or indefinite period. The details.
This new law applies to everyone who does housework at home in the usual way in exchange for a salary.
The contract is mandatory for every domestic servant, regardless of the length of his work, even if he only works once a week. This document must be in triplicate (a copy for the employer, one for the employee and a third for the labor inspectorate). Non-compliance with these formalities can be punished with a fine of 3000 to 5000 DH. The trial period of the contract is also set at 15 days. The employment contract must contain the tasks to be performed.
The work of minors between the ages of 16 and 18 will only be tolerated during a period of 5 years after the entry into force of the Act. After this period, the minors will have to pay a fine of 25,000 to 30,000 Dhs as a domestic person. In the event of repeated violations, the employer will double the fine and run the risk of a prison sentence of no more than 3 months.
Work banned for young people from 16 to 18 years old
Ironing, the use of cleaning and washing products containing dangerous chemicals and the use of electrical machines that may pose a risk are strictly forbidden for young people aged 16 to 18 years.
The working hours are set at 48 hours, in mutual consultation, on the days of the week. Employees aged between 16 and 18 may not work longer than 40 hours per week. The rest is also fixed at 24 consecutive hours. The rest day could be postponed, but the employee should benefit from this within a maximum period of three months.
According to this law, the minimum wage is set at 60% of SMIG, or nearly 1542 DH per month. This salary must be paid at the end of each month. The benefits of housing and food are not deducted from the basic salary. The dismissal benefits of the domestic servant are the same as those of the labor law.