Working around the clock? A manual for trainers to help live-in domestic workers count their working time

23 September, 2014 | ILO | ILO

This manual presents and explains how to use a working time tool that was designed for live-in domestic workers to record and calculate their working time and rest periods. The working time tool was originally designed as a response to the concern that live-in domestic workers work extremely long hours, while their employers often feel that domestic workers are rarely really working, but are rather on standby.

The working time tool was developed for domestic workers to record and measure their working and rest time, with the ultimate goal of capturing information responding to the following questions:

  • What does the day of a live-in domestic worker really look like?
  • From when does the day of a domestic worker start, and when does it end?
  • What work do they perform during those hours?
  • What constitutes working time, standby time and rest time in domestic work?
  • Is the right to rest respected?
  • Are domestic workers genuinely able to influence their rest periods, working time, and working arrangements with their employers?
  • What are the primary concerns of employers?
  • And what are the most pressing needs of domestic workers with respect to working time regulation?

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