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…

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…

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.

 

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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…

10 Helper Cooking Classes in Hong Kong

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

 

Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at helpers. Their Introduction to Chinese Cooking course will teach your helper everything…

15 Helper Cooking Classes in Singapore

Demand for cooking classes targeted at helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. Needless to say that nothing beats learning by doing though – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way.  Many organisations islandwide are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for helpers to teach them the basics, give them a solid foundation and help them improve their culinary…

HelperChoice Survey Results – 85% of first-time domestic workers are charged illegal placement fees by the employment agencies

HelperChoice, the major Hong Kong-based leading online platform helping employers find the right helper, conducted a survey among about 200 domestic workers and the results are astonishing.

Following the announcement of a Bill seeking to amend the Employment Ordinance to increase sevenfold the amount of the maximum penalty for overcharging domestic workers, HelperChoice decided to contact some of them to report about their story.

The survey revealed that only 13% of …