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

Bringing your domestic helper 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 domestic 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…

Minimum Wage or More? Paying the Right Salary to Your Domestic Helper

A lot of preconceptions are usually heard when it comes to domestic workers salaries in Hong Kong: “You should never pay your helper too much”, “Your helper starting wage is so high, you will definitely spoil the market for other employers!” and so on.

These sayings might frustrate you, as most of the employers you want to be fair to your new domestic helper, but also not being taken advantage of.


The reality of the minimum wage for domestic helpers in Hong Kong

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Vacation Leave (Home Leave) for Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong

By law, upon completion of the current contract and the commencement of the new contract, the domestic helper must return to her home country for a vacation leave (or home leave), for at least 7 days.


The difference between a vacation leave and an annual leave for domestic helpers

Both vacation leave and annual leave as part of holidays domestic helpers in Hong Kong are entitled to. The vacation leave should not be included in the domestic helper’s annual leave. As such,…

Which Statutory Holidays Your Domestic Helper Is Entitled To

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?


The law about statutory holidays for domestic helpers

Statutory holidays are mandatory holidays for domestic helpers according to the Hong Kong law – all foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong are entitled to the 12 statutory holidays annually regardless of their length of service. Even…

How and Where to Open a Bank Account for Your Maid in Singapore

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


Benefits of maids having a bank account Avoiding salary-related disputes

Employers can set up auto-transfer instruction…

Visa Requirements For Taking Your Domestic Helper on Holiday

When you take your domestic helper on holiday, securing the right visa for your domestic helper is key. In many South-east Asian countries, your domestic helper is allowed to join you on a short stay tourist. But in many western countries, your domestic helper will need to apply for a special visa. If you want to avoid tourist issues ruining your holiday, contacting the embassy will be the best way, but we have done some of the legwork for you for some popular holiday destinations.…

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

This live-out 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 domestic helpers because it gives them more flexibility and freedom to use their time. It also creates a better division of work and personal time for domestic helpers as…

Domestic Helper Statutory Holidays 2019: Everything You Need to Know

You are currently hiring a domestic worker or already hired one, and you are now a bit lost when it comes to domestic helper holidays. You may not know it but there is actually a clear distinction between Statutory Holidays and General Holidays (Public Holidays) in Hong Kong. Here is a guide to help you navigate through your domestic helper’s holidays in 2019.


The difference between statutory holidays and general holidays

Not all domestic workers in Hong Kong observe…

Guide to Terminating a Domestic Helper

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


Consider if you really want to terminate your domestic helper’s contract

Dismissing your domestic 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…

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…