How to Terminate Your Domestic Helper’s Contract

Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary to terminate your helper’s contract. Be sure to follow the necessary steps if this is the case. Consider if you really want to terminate your helper’s contract

Firing your helper will have an impact on her career prospects and on the family she is supporting back home. If you are relocating or suddenly no longer have the financial means, or if you are moving into a smaller apartment, you may unfortunately have no other option.…

MOM Announces Changes in Personal Accident Insurance for Helpers

After a rise in the minimum salary for Filipino helpers in April 2017, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on 7 May 2017 changes to the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) for foreign domestic workers effective from 1 October 2017.

Those changes aim at harmonizing practices in the insurance sector and creating a solid and common framework for insurance providers to guarantee a more efficient and comprehensive protection for foreign domestic workers and their families…

Breaking: Increase in Foreign Domestic Workers’ Minimum Wage in Hong Kong

A 2.3% increase in foreign domestic helpers’ (FDWs) minimum wage – known as the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) – was announced by the Government on 29 September 2017. As a result, FDWs’ minimum wage will increase from $4,310 to $4,410 per month. Along with a rise in foreign domestic helpers’ Minimum Allowable Wage, the Government also announced a 1.5% increase in the food allowance for foreign domestic workers, from not less than $1,037 per month to not less than…

What Are the Consequences of Having a Live-Out Domestic Helper?

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 helpers …

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…

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 …

(Press Release) HK Government Raises the Penalty For Overcharging Domestic Helpers: The Beginning Of a New Story?

(The Chinese version follows the English one.)

A recent survey published last month by SAFE (Students Against Fees and Exploitation) interviewing 3,000 domestic helpers and investigating in more than 100 employment agencies in Hong Kong revealed that 70% of the agencies overcharge domestic helper.

The placement fees which are received by an agency sometimes exceed by up to 13 times the legal limit which is defined by the Employment Ordinance and the Employment Agency Regulations…

Everything you should know about home leave

If you are planning to take a leave and go back to your homeland for the holidays, know that there are certain rules you need to comply with to be allowed to re-enter Singapore. Immigration requirements vary though – depending on factors such as your nationality and on how long you have been working with your current employer.

What’s the process like for Indonesian nationals?

It is relatively easy. As an Indonesian FDW you do not need to register with your Embassy. Just make …

POLO-Singapore announces increase in Filipino helpers’ minimum salary

In a recent press release, the Philippines Embassy’s Overseas Labour Office announced a raise in Filipino domestic workers’ minimum salary. The S$20 raise will bring the minimum wage up from S$550 to S$570 for Filipino helpers who work in Singapore. The measure will be implemented to compensate for fluctuating exchange rates, as the Philippines government set a minimum wage of US$400 for all their overseas workers. The increase in salary will be effective from May 1st,…