The Department of Labor and Employment asked employers this week to shoulder medical expenses incurred should their house help contract Covid19, particularly if they are not enrolled in government social benefits such as social security (under Social Security System) and health insurance (under PhilHealth).
Although sickness is grounds for termination, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns director Karina Trayvilla urges employers to still pay for treatment or hospitalization.
Health officer Dr. Reynaldo Sta. Ana of the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), an attached agency of DOLE, echoes this: “It should not be a reason to terminate the kasambahay. They can end their employment if they are not performing their jobs. Instead the employer should have compassion.”
He added that employers should ensure that their household helpers gain access to medical attention and facilities that meet their needs.