Kuwait sets minimum wage for domestic workers

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Jul 16 2016
Kuwait became the first Gulf country to set a standardized minimum wage for domestic workers on Thursday. The decision comes as part of wider efforts to regulate the domestic worker industry, though domestic workers remain excluded from the labour law. Migrant-Rights.org reviewed the two pieces of legislation concerning Kuwait’s domestic workers earlier this year, which included mandatory vacation time, a maximum 12-hour working day, compensation for over-time work, as well as restrictions on the size of a family employing a worker. Some changes have taken place since the law first passed; the minimum wage rose from KD 45 (approximately $150 USD) to KD 60 (approximately $200 USD.). The new standard wage is substantially below the $400 minimum wage that the Filipino government has set for its migrant workers. 
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