Your domestic worker, Mary, helps you run your household like clockwork.
She does all the chores and she's sweet. You trust her with your kids and they love her to bits.
She's practically a part of your family.
But don't be fooled.
Sweet Mary won't hesitate to take you to the CCMA if you don't stick to the rules when paying her wages.
Don't take that risk.
Make sure you know these three points about paying your domestic worker's wages. This way, she'll never have a reason to take you to the CCMA.
If you employ a domestic worker listen up!
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Three points you need to know about paying your domestic worker's wage
#1: There are new minimum wages for domestic workers
You already know that Minister of Labour sets minimum wages for domestic workers.
But I bet you didn't know there are new minimum wages. They kicked in on 1 December and will be effective until 30 November 2015.
From now on, workers who work more than 27 ordinary hours a week in metropolitan areas (Area A) must get a R10.95 hourly rate, R476.68 weekly rate and R2 065.47 monthly rate.
Those not in metropolitan areas (Area B), who work more than 27 ordinary hours a week, now have a R9.30 hourly rate, R418.32 weekly rate and R1 812.57 monthly rate.
The new pay structure for domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours a week or less is like this:
Those in major metropolitan areas (Area A) must get a R12.40 hourly rate, R334.74 weekly rate and R1 450.33 monthly rate; and
Those who don't work in major metropolitan areas (Area B) must get a R10.98 hourly rate, R296.35 weekly rate and R1 284.09 monthly rate.
Your domestic worker is entitled to the minimum annual increase. This even if you already pay her more than the set minimum wage.
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#2: You can pay your domestic worker daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Basically, when you pay her depends on your agreement with her. Don't move away from this agreement when it suits you, stick to it.
According to yourparenting.co.za,
the Department of Labour regulates the domestic worker sector. This is to stop exploitation.
The site says stricter laws mean 'more domestic workers are ready to take an employer to the CCMA in the event of a dispute, whether justified or not.'
If you don't have an agreement or have one, but don't stick to it, your chances of losing at the CCMA are pretty high.
#3: You must give your domestic worker a payslip
You can pay your domestic worker in cash, by cheque or by direct deposit to her account.
But the Domestic Worker Toolkit says,
with each payment you make, you must give her a pay slip that contains this:
The period you're making the payment for;
The number of ordinary hours she worked during that period;
The number of overtime hours she worked during that period;
The number of hours she worked on a public holiday or on a Sunday;
Details of any other payment arising out of her employment;
Details of any deductions made; and
The amount you actually paid.
Knowing these points will help ensure your domestic worker doesn't take you to the CCMA when it comes to her wages.
We've only just scratched the surface on labour law obligations to your domestic worker. There's so much more you still need to know about paying wages to your domestic worker. We strongly advise you to check out check out the Domestic Worker Toolkit
for more information.