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Understand your domestic employer rights and duties

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Domestic workers, defined by South African law as people who perform services in private homes, such as gardeners, cleaners, and caregivers for children, the elderly, or the ill and disabled, have certain rights that employers are required to be aware of.

The South African United Commercial and Allied Employers Organisation (SA UEO) said that hiring a domestic worker means you become a domestic employer with significant legal responsibilities.

The SA UEO is a 25-year-old South African employers’ organisation registered with the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL).

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Even hiring foreign workers employers are not immune from complying with domestic employment laws.

Non-compliance can lead to severe penalties and legal repercussions, including hefty fines and negative outcomes at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

According to Stuart MacGregor, expert labour law practitioner and ex officio official at SA UEO, the statement an employer must:

• Provide the domestic worker with an employment contract and job description.

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