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Maritime Labor Convention to go into effect in 12 months
Dan Taglioli at 3:30 PM ET
The ILO Domestic Workers Convention (DWC) [text] was ratified by the Philippines earlier this month, giving that convention its second ratification and paving the way for the international treaty to enter full force of law. The ILO created the DWC to set the first global standards for domestic workers worldwide [JURIST report] to ensure they receive the same protections available to other workers such as weekly days off, work hour limits, limits on in-kind payment, minimum wage, clear information on terms and conditions of employment, and other benefits. The ILO adopted the DWC[JURIST report] at last year's annual meeting of ILO member states, the 100th Session of the International Labor Conference [official website]. That same month Megan McKee, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012 and a legal researcher for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, wrote about the need for greater rights for migrant workers[JURIST comment], especially for those employed as domestic workers, and marked DWC's adoption as a "remarkable" passage of a "historic" international treaty.
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