Should I Give my New Domestic Helper Statutory Holidays?

When you hire a domestic helper, you also suddenly become an employer. The Hong Kong guidelines about domestic helper statutory holidays can be very confusing and vague. Here is a quick insight into what an employer should do.

Your new domestic helper has just started and a statutory holiday is approaching. Some employers think their domestic helper is not entitled to this, but is this really the case?

 

Foreign domestic helper-related law

The Hong Kong labor law answers…

How to Spend a Great Christmas with Your Family and Domestic Helper?

Brace yourselves, Christmas is coming… How to involve your domestic helper during this family holiday?

December has arrived, and whether you already hung all the Christmas decorations and prepared the tree or not, we now have to turn our Christmas mode on.

Maybe you will stay in Hong Kong, maybe you and your family will go abroad, in both cases, you might wonder what your domestic helper’s plans are for logistics reasons. According to a HelperChoice survey, 21% of domestic…

The Legal Consequences of Having a Live-Out Domestic Helper in Hong Kong

The popularity of live-out domestic helpers in Hong Kong has been rising in recent years. But what are the consequences?

By Janet Salim

 

Reasons for Live-Out Arrangements

This arrangement has gained favour amongst employers for many reasons. One such reason is the small-sized houses in Hong Kong, which makes it more convenient for employers for their foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) to live out than to live in. On the same note, such an arrangement is preferable among …

Cooking Classes in Hong Kong For Domestic Helpers

Cooking classes are surely the best way to build up your domestic helper’s confidence in the kitchen, enable her to master new skills, learn the art of cooking in different cuisines and become more creative about food. There are many options for cooking classes for your domestic helper out there. Read on to find just what you have been looking for all along.

 

Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at domestic helpers. Their Introduction to Chinese Cooking course…

What Cleaning Needs to be Done to Make Sure Your Kitchen is Baby-proofed?

Cleaning is an important task for many domestic helpers, but how specifically should the helper handle the housework when there are little ones around?

It’s vital to ensure babies and children are protected from harmful germs and microbes. With a little bit of knowledge and some guidance, it’s easy to ensure your domestic helper is able to do just that. From sterilizing bottles to cleaning kitchen cupboards where you store feeding equipment, here are a few ways to help ensure…

HelperChoice Academy Cooking Tips: How To Safely Defrost Food

Many of us cook at home, of course, we love fresh ingredients, but we might sometimes buy frozen food as it is more convenient to store. One of the risks of frozen food is that when defrosting, bacteria can develop and lead to food poisoning. How to correctly defrost then? Here are 3 ways to prepare a safe meal for the whole family.

If you are planning to cook on the next day, 

The best (but also the longest) way to defrost food is to store it in the refrigerator, therefore respecting the…

Tips to Improve the Relationship with Your Domestic Helper

Hiring a domestic helper for your house is great! It allows you to focus on more important things such as work and family while your domestic helper does the household chores like cleaning, sweeping, or dusting your house. But like anything else, having a domestic helper means you’ll have challenges along the way. Be prepared for these 5 common domestic helper problems. Most of these problems don’t have to lead to dismissals. Instead, with good communication you…

Should My Domestic Helper Eat with Us at the Same Table?

Having a domestic helper who lives in with your family 24/7 can sometimes be tricky as the traditional employer-employee relationship gets blurred. You – and certainly your domestic helper – might just end up feeling confused and not knowing where you stand about certain things. That’s perfectly understandable given the peculiar nature of the relationship – the live-in factor doesn’t make it easier. It is okay to wonder where to draw the line on some things – such…

9 Tips to Welcome and Manage Your New Domestic Helper

Every domestic helper is different, just like every family is. You’ll always encounter some difficulties when your new domestic worker starts. Your domestic helper may have years of experience but is not used to your way of doing things. Or you had a domestic helper who stayed with you for a long time and are a tad worried you’ve forgotten how to manage a new domestic worker. It will take communication and effort, but your relationship will get there eventually if managed correctly.…

My Domestic Helper Doesn’t Take Initiative, What Should I Do?

Even though you find your domestic helper hard working and dedicated, you might want her to take more initiative. That’s why you want her to enterprise more so that she does not get stuck to her daily schedule forever. Supervising, motivating and guiding a domestic helper is a challenging task. If you are frustrated by her lack of autonomy, take action earlier rather than later. The longer you wait, the more complicated it will become to change established behaviour and routine.…