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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 7 : Domestic Worker Sector, South Africa

Part B : Wages

7. Prohibited acts concerning pay


(1) An employer may not receive any payment directly or indirectly, or withhold any payment from a domestic worker in respect of—
(a) the employment or training of that domestic worker ;
(b) the supply of any work equipment or tools ;
(c) the supply of any work clothing; or
(d) any food supplied to the domestic worker while the domestic worker is working or is at the workplace.


(2) An employer may not require a domestic worker to purchase any goods from the employer or from any person, shop or other business nominated by the employer.


(3) An employer may not levy a fine against a domestic worker.


(4) An employer may not require or permit a domestic worker to—
(a) repay any pay except for overpayments previously made by the employer resulting from an error in calculating the domestic worker's pay; or
(b) acknowledge receipt of an amount greater than the pay actually received.