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…

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 …

My Domestic Helper Is Sick: How Can I Handle Everything on my Own?

Domestic helpers have become such a vital part of our lives. They provide us with valuable extra-hands at home by helping out with the household chores, looking after the kids and elderly parents. Finding out that our domestic helper is sick might be really tricky, since it means even more things to handle on our own, while we were not especially ready for it.

 

What should I do if my domestic helper is sick?

No matter how unexpected it is or how complicated the situation might…

Open a Bank Account for Your Domestic Worker in Singapore: Why and How

From 1 January 2019, employers of foreign domestic workers (FDW) in Singapore are no longer allowed to safe keep any money belonging to their domestic helper including the salary in order to protect both parties from money-related disputes[1]. Therefore, opening a bank account for your domestic helper will be one of the best ways for both, you and the maid to manage her money.

 

The benefits of domestic helpers having a bank account are multiple:

Avoiding salary-related…

Breaking News: 2018 Hong Kong Foreign Domestic Helpers’ Minimum Wage Increase

The Hong Kong Labour Department announced on 28 September 2018 the increase in Foreign Domestic Workers’ (FDWs) minimum wage. The Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) will grow by 2.5%, from HK$4,410 to HK$4,520 per month.

In addition, the Government also announced a 2.1% increase in the minimum food allowance for foreign domestic helpers, from $1,053 per month to not less than $1,075 per month – employers in Hong Kong have a choice between providing their foreign domestic helper…

Is Your Domestic Helper Entitled to Statutory Holidays?

You may not know it but there is actually a clear distinction between Statutory Holidays and General Holidays in Hong Kong. Here is a short guide to help you navigate through the blurs and complexities.

Not all workers in Hong Kong observe General Holidays. Statutory Holidays, on the other hand, are mandatory, no matter what. According to the Labour Department, 12 holidays – such as the National Day of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, or the Cheung Yeung …

New Domestic Helper Contracts in Hong Kong Will Exclude Window Cleaning from Duties

From January 1, 2017 (Sunday), all foreign domestic helpers who sign contracts to work in Hong Kong will no longer need to clean the exteriors of windows.

 

The new clause stipulates that, when an employer requires the helper to clean the outside of any window which is not located on the ground level or adjacent to a balcony (on which it must be reasonably safe for the helper to work) or common corridor, this must be performed under the following conditions:

(i) the window being…

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…

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…

Preparing the End of Your Helper’s Contract: Which Letters You Should (or Have to) Write?

Release letter, termination letter, recommendation letter… what are the differences and how to draft them?

There are several cases which could lead to the end of your helper’s contract: either you or your helper decided to terminate the contract ahead of time, or one of you decided not to renew it. Depending on the different cases, there are legal requirements and “nice-to-have”.

 

#1 – Drafting a termination letter

If you or your helper decided to terminate…