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Code of Good Practice

for accommodating live-in domestic workers

The following Code of Good Practice serves to provide minimum standards for accommodating live-in domestic workers, in regards to housing and living arrangements. Each of these suggested provisions below is backed by the South African Constitution, the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, United Nations Human Rights Conventions, and/or International Labour Organisation Conventions.

Please remember that all workers in South Africa, regardless of nationality or immigration status, are protected under the labour law.

PLEASE NOTE: The guidelines below assume that the worker is living in a private room, which is highly preferred for maintaining the separation of work and personal life, and for preserving boundaries for both the employee and employers. A private room is also recommended as a minimum standard by the International Labour Organisation.

However, if this is not possible and the employee agrees to share a room with another employee or the employer’s family members, regulations must be in place to protect the privacy, rest time, social life and dignity of the employee.

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