Bringing Assistance to Abused Domestic Helpers

Any search about domestic helper abuse in Hong Kong will send you down a scary rabbit hole. Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) abuse is widespread. In the past few years, several cases of mistreatment and abuse have shed light on those inhumane practices that (still) take place behind closed doors. Shockingly, those practices are by no means isolated incidents; however, the majority of cases go unreported – FDWs are not allowed to work while waiting for a case to be tried. This…

Preparing Your Helper’s Room

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. More than 7 million people are packed into a relatively small space – as only 25% of the land is habitable due to irregular terrain. Going compact and creative when it comes to arranging space are absolute musts. For many Hong Kongers, coping with limited space has become the new normal. Things get a tad more complicated though for those among us who are employing a live-in foreign domestic helper (FDW) – as live-outs…

How to take your helper on holiday?

You may be thinking about taking your helper with you on your holiday. Depending on your destination and holiday duration, this can be quite challenging.

When you take your helper on holiday, securing the right visa for your helper is key. In many South-east Asian countries your helper is allowed to join you on a short stay tourist, but in many western countries, your helper will need to apply for a special visa. If you want to avoid tourist issues ruining your holiday, contacting…

Press Release – LegCo Advises to Take Measures to Meet Rising Elder Care Needs

Since the early 1970s, Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH) are an integral part of Hong Kong society but today more than ever: in 20 years the number of Domestic Helpers doubled representing today 11% of local households. Philippine and Indonesian people represent 95% of the FDHs, resulting in a significant rise of the contribution to the Indonesian and Filipino economies over the last years.

 

Even if currently childcare is the primary duty of foreign domestic helpers, the…

Your Alternatives when Your Helper Goes on Holidays

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are playing a crucial role in the life of many Singaporeans – especially for those of us who have to juggle a full-time job with a family life. We come to realize it – even more – when they go on holidays leaving us with many tasks to handle. While our helpers are looking forward to their next holidays to get to see and reconnect with their loved ones back home, many of us are left wondering how we are going to manage without them. Even though that can…

Taking your Domestic Helper on Holidays: A Guide to Visa Requirements

Bringing your domestic worker abroad with you sometimes requires (a lot of) work and planning, especially when it comes to processing the paperwork necessary to obtain the proper visa. Requirements vary across countries and based on your helper’s nationality as well as the duration of her stay. Here is a compiled list of requirements to facilitate your domestic helper’s visa application and make sure that she can tag along on your next holidays to some of the most popular…

Mending a Strained Helper-Employer Relationship

Relationships experience ups and downs, and that’s quite normal. Constant nurturing is crucial though; otherwise, they might just break down (and sometimes beyond repair). The helper-employer relationship is no exception. It can be even more difficult to navigate given the intimate nature that characterizes it – working in a private household can be intricate as the lines can sometimes get blurry. When left unattended, relationships can cause tensions, frustration,…

Hiring a Domestic Helper in Singapore: Agency or Direct Hire?

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) have become an essential part of our lives – we can never have too many extra hands to help us with the numerous household chores and care for our loved ones. Hiring can, however, be a tough job. When it comes to scouting and hiring a FDW in Singapore there are two distinct ways: either through an agency hire – i.e. going through a so-called ‘maid’ agency – or a direct hire – basically going for a DIY job. Obviously, both ways have their pros…

Everything You Need to Know About Your Helper’s Days Off in Singapore

Is my helper entitled to days off?

By law, your helper is entitled to a certain number of days off. As an employer, you are required to provide her with a weekly rest day. Should your domestic helper and you reach an agreement and decide that she is to work on her days off, she must receive compensation for those worked rest days. Keep in mind that rest days are essential though as they allow helpers to have a break and recuperate from work and as such should not be denied.

 

How can …

Should I Assign my Helper’s Tasks?

Once the hiring phase is over, you will come to realize that putting on the ‘employer hat’ is an absolute must. The helper-employer relationship requires constant work as managing a helper not only involves managing the relationship but also your domestic helper’s work – and the live-in factor can sometimes complicate things. Different types of employers manage their helpers’ work in a different way. Each and every one of us has one’s very own style. While…