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New law seeks to protect employees

Publish date: 08 October 2018
Issue Number: 794
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Morocco

A long-awaited law aimed at protecting thousands of young girls working as housemaids in Morocco took effect on Tuesday, the country's first such legislation. A report on the News24 site notes that it sets a minimum age of 18 for household work, in a bid to end the exploitation and abuse of young employees. Passed in 2016, the law imposes financial penalties on employers failing to provide contracts, a minimum wage, a weekly day off and annual holidays. However, rights groups say it does not go far enough, allowing teenagers to work as domestic helpers for a further five years until October 2023. Thousands of young girls in the North African kingdom are employed as maids, often facing abuse from their employers.

Full report on the News24 site