Call her "Model Employer of the Year" — not only does actress / influencer / mom of one Isabelle Daza protect her helpers' rights with a signed kasambahay contract, she also doubles their savings at the end of the year as an incentive.
During her February 18 guesting on ABS-CBN's late night talk show Tonight with Boy Abunda, the daughter of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz revealed how she helps her household helpers save.
"I gave them a bank account and said, pag December na, titingnan ko kung magkano na ang naipon mo, and dodoblehin ko. I think that helps them to have a target also.
"And it makes them feel that this isn't finite, this amount [salary] every month. Na pwede rin akong kumita pa," the actress explained.
In January this year, Isabelle also shared on Instagram Stories a sample of the contract she signed with her helpers. "I decided to create a contract for my helpers at home to show their job description and their rights as an employee," she captioned it.
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In the interview with Abunda, Isabelle gave credit to her husband Adrien Semblat for giving her the idea of a kasambahay contract. She and Adrien got married in Italy in 2016 and have a 10-month-old son, Baltie.
"My husband told me that I need to have a contract with the maids because it protects both parties. Tapos in-explain nya na you have to write down their list of deliverables para if something happens, you can't get mad at them for forgetting your charger when it's not their job.
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"It also gives them dignity, I think, to have a piece of paper. People are always scared to lose their jobs, right? So I also had to explain to my helpers that, Listen, I can't fire you just because I'm in a bad mood, or I'm hungry. I wanted them to have something [so] they can sleep better," she added.
The contract includes not only the helpers' duties, deliverables, and compensation, but also their days off and vacation benefits.
"Tayo nga napapagod ng 5 days a week, why do we expect them to be in our house for 7 days? They also need a life," she rationalized.
When Abunda asked what her helpers thought when the idea of a contract was first brought up with them, Isabelle replied, "They were very touched, because they didn't feel that they deserved one."
Ultimately, it's about helping her kasambahays reach their own personal goals, says Isabelle.
"I give them different ideas because I want to help them reach their own goals. Before this, I gave them a questionnaire, and I asked them kelan sila malungkot, kelan sila masaya. So that I also know them a little bit more."