THE DOMESTIC WORKERS WELFARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 2010
THE DOMESTIC WORKERS WELFARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 2010:
This Act is for the protection of Domestic Workers and provision of welfare scheme to these Workers. However, for the domestic workers to be able to reap from the same they need to be registered with the concerned board. Like in Pune they need to register with the Maharashtra Domestic Workers Welfare Board formed under the Maharashtra Domestic Workers Welfare Act, 2008. There is a registration fee that is made payable by the full time employer of the domestic worker or the agency/service provider.
Benefits under this Act include: fixation of minimum wage, working hours, weekly holidays, interval for rest, and wages for overtime.
If the full time employer or agency contravenes with the provisions of this act it could result in punishment through fine and imprisonment.
But because not many people know about this according to the 2012 report only 10,000 domestic workers are registered in Maharashtra.
Registering domestic workers is important so some record of the workers is maintained by the State and can also help reduce crime.