Without them, many working women could not possibly juggle between their family obligations and professional demands. Yet, domestic workers' contributions to the advancement of women's development in Thailand have never been recognised. Worse, as a result of a feudalistic legacy, many live-in maids still suffer abusive or slave-like work conditions with around-the-clock duties, low pay, little rest, and no welfare protection.
Thanks to the latest policy move at the Labour Ministry, this is about to change.
According to the new ministerial regulations, it's no longer legally possible to make domestic workers work seven days a week or 365 days a year without weekly days off or holidays _ as is often the case in many local households.
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