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 first day of January, Lunar New Year’s Day or Hong Kong Special Administrative …

Everything You Should Know About Domestic Worker 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 …

How to Take Your Helper on Holiday?

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 12short 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 the embassy will be the best way, but we have done some of the legwork for you for some popular holiday destinations.

Remember, foreign domestic workers…

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…

Is it allowed for your FDH to stay out on the weekend?

Your helper has requested to stay out on the weekend. She says that she is free to do as she pleases during her 24-hour rest period. Is your helper allowed to do this? And should you let her?

This question is more common than you think. Your helper is naturally entitled to her rest day of consecutively 24 hours, but her staying out is a different issue. Every employer will have their own preferences.

Some employers are very close to their helpers and worry about them as if they were family.…

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…

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…

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.…

Helper Insurance Policies Explained

The employer is responsible for helper insurance policies

When you hire a helper, you are responsible for taking out a helper insurance policy. Domestic helpers, during the course of their employment, might find themselves in unsafe situations. But with a helper insurance policies, you won’t have to worry about the expenses just in case something happens. So how do you pick the right policy for your domestic helper? Here are some tips.

 

#1 Premium

When choosing a plan,…

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…