10 Back-to-school Tips for Parents

Summer is coming to an end. Very soon, it will be that time of the year (again) when our little ones will be heading back to school.

It can be a stressful time for them and for us – let’s face it! Planning ahead can make all the difference in the world and help us get ready for school with total peace of mind. Here are some few tips to avoid juggling it all at the last minute:

Don’t wait up till the last minute to go back-to-school shopping. If possible, take your kids with you to get them…

Help! My Child Prefers My Domestic Helper…

Your baby is growing attached to your domsetic helper and you are feeling ‘threatened’ or even ‘in competition’ with her? If you are having a tough time dealing with the situation, the following advice will – hopefully – help you get through it.

 

Am I the only one concerned about this?

Worry not, it’s a natural feeling. Obviously, everyone has their way of reacting in such situations and feels different about it, but being bothered, upset or even jealous in…

9 Activities for Helpers to Do with Kids in Hong Kong

Our children spend a lot of time with our domestic helpers and as such we expect them to bond and spend quality time together. What better way than through fun activities? Our children are fond of them (and let’s face it, so are we!), and on top of contributing to helping them connect with others, activities are a great way for our little ones to develop cognitively and emotionally. One can easily run out of ideas to entertain them, but worry not, we have compiled a list of fun and interactive…

8 Essential Steps to Domestic Helper Paperwork Processing

Handling the paperwork for your new helper is not always an easy task. Follow these 8 steps and you should be set.

If you thought you were done when you found that great helper, think again. Handling the paperwork can be a confusing process. Don’t waste time by missing a step or not answering that one question. Pay attention to every single part of the process so that you do not make unnecessary mistakes. How? Read, remember and even print these steps, to make the paperwork processing…

What Is Domestic Helper Home Leave? Is It Different from Annual Leave?

Home leave (or vacation leave) must be taken by every domestic helper when finishing a 2-year contract

Upon completion of the current contract and the commencement of the new contract, the helper must return to her home country for a vacation leave (home leave) of at least 7 days. However, whether this is paid or unpaid vacation leave depends on the terms agreed upon in Clause 13 of the standard employment contract.

If employers opted for unpaid home leave at the time of signing…

Does my Domestic Helper’s Nationality Matter?

Searching for the right helper is not always an easy task as there is a lot of contradicting information out there that can cause confusion among employers-to-be. It can be difficult to distinguish between urban myths and actual truths. Whether a helper’s nationality matters when looking at hiring help to give us a hand at home depends on your needs and requirements.

It is important to avoid falling into stereotypes by linking certain personal attributes – such as honesty,…

Tips for Employers on Encouraging Ethical Domestic Helper Recruitment

By law, employment agencies in Hong Kong are only allowed to charge foreign domestic helpers no more than 10% of their first month wage as placement fees. However, some agencies charge the domestic helpers illegal fees directly, and many employers have a limited knowledge of such practice because it causes no additional costs to them.

 

Such practices place domestic helpers at risk of debt bondage and forced labour. While the Hong Kong Government, trade unions and civil…

Minimum Wage or More? Paying the Right Salary to Your Domestic Helper

In Hong Kong, a specific legal minimum wage has been set for foreign domestic workers, but some employers pay more. Why?

 

“You should never pay your domestic helper too much. Your helper starting wage is so high, you will definitely spoil the market for other employers!” A friend of Jane uttered this to her over lunch. Jane felt frustrated because she wanted to be fair to the domestic helper, but also not be taken advantage of.

 

Little Hiring Experience

Most people…

Should I Install a Camera at Home to Keep My Family Safe

Being worried about our loved ones when we are not around is natural. We all want – even feel the need – to make sure that they are safe and sound. It is comprehensible that some employers are choosing to install cameras to monitor how their loved ones are being treated by the helper they have hired to care for them when they are not at home.

 

Installing a camera at home, what for?

The main reasons invoked by employers who have opted for an IP camera (and those considering it) …

Should You Send Your Helper to a First Aid Course?

Having a medical emergency is a worry for everyone. Especially if you are not at home and your helper takes care of your children or elderly parents.

Accidents can happen everywhere and to anyone. No one likes them and everyone worries about them, especially when it comes to kids or bed-ridden parents. You may consider sending your helper to a helper first aid course, but they can be expensive and it may take you a while to find the right course. And then, is it really necessary to do…