Senate panel approves home staff invoice


The Senate Standing Committee unanimously authorised the Islamabad Capital Territory Domestic Workers Bill, 2021 with substantive amendments on Tuesday.

A gathering of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights was held beneath the chair of Senator Walid Iqbal on the Parliament House.

The Islamabad Capital Territory Domestic Workers Bill, 2021 was mentioned for the second consecutive day. The committee chairman termed the invoice a “pioneer law” for the underprivileged. The invoice will present authorized cowl for regulating the employment of home staff in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and defending their rights. It additionally envisages improved working situations and phrases of employment of home staff.

The proposed laws comprises provisions for his or her social safety and welfare, together with working hours, minimal wages, the entitlement of leaves, security and medical care and so on. The minimal age of employment was amended from 16 to 18 years for hiring home staff.

During the clause by clause consideration of the cill, the committee identified some critical lacunas as regards to the working hours of home staff, compensation quantity for additional work and criticism/redressal mechanism.

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The committee determined to supply a complete for submitting complaints beneath the proposed legislation.

Regarding the penalties for contravening the provisions of the invoice, it was noticed that the penalty of R10,000 is a meagre quantity and shall be raised to Rs0.1 million.

Clause 36 of the invoice was amended to supply that the rules beneath the legislation shall be made by the ministry inside six months.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2021..

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