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‘Law for all nationalities’
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: In response to a report published on Thursday, January 26 about France imposing fees on domestic workers who accompany families (employers), the Embassy of France in Kuwait clarified that domestic workers fall within the category of employed persons working in the private sector according to the French Labor Law, reports Al-Qabas daily. In an exclusive press statement, an official at the embassy explained that, “When a person is hired in France, it is necessary to declare the salary for social security and then pay the due contributions according to the number of working hours, the total salary period and the employment period based on the work contract.
The subscription fee depends on the number of working hours for the employee, the total net salary paid to him and the period of employment. A domestic worker falls within the scope of the employees, as she works for the sponsor, and has a salary and a period of employment based on her work contract. Therefore, the sponsor must pay her social security, a condition that was recently applied to all domestic workers accompanying the sponsors.
These fees are included in the state budget and are applicable in many European countries. These fees do not apply only to Kuwaitis, but to all nationalities. This rule applies to all employers in the private sector, regardless of their nationality or the nationality of their employees, and therefore does not apply in particular to Kuwaiti citizens. This procedure has been in force for several years. When applying for a visa for a domestic worker, all sponsors sign a notice pledging to respect these procedures.”
The official affirmed that the embassy highlighted its keenness, in coordination with the French authorities, to give a reminder about this obligation when issuing visas to accompanying persons by inserting an information notice in their passport. He said, “The French authorities may request proof of payment of social security contributions (fees) by the employer upon arrival in France or during residence. Verifying the completion of these mandatory formalities protects Kuwaitis from any problems in France. The fees are insurance for workers, irrespective of whether they are Kuwaitis or others.”
The embassy stressed that there are no restrictions regarding the number of accompanying persons, but the employees must travel with their sponsors. Last week, the daily had published in its article on Thursday, January 26, citizens’ complaints about the fees imposed by France on their domestic workers who travel with them to French territory. The fees amount to about 33 euros (about KD 10) each day the worker spends there, which is equivalent to KD 300 per month.