Opening a Bank Account For Your Domestic Helper: The Ultimate Guide

Maybe you just employed a new domestic helper or maybe you have been employing her for a few years. In any case, you might wonder how to pay her salary every month, should you give her cash directly or make a bank transfer?

In Hong Kong many domestic helpers do not have have a bank account to receive their wage and food allowance.

 

What are the advantages of opening a bank account for your helper?

Helping your helper open a bank account is a win-win situation for both of you. You will…

Release Letter, Termination Letter, Recommendation Letter, Which and When?

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 domestic 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 domestic helper decided…

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 …

Cooking Classes in Hong Kong For Domestic Helpers

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

 

Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at domestic helpers. Their Introduction to Chinese Cooking course…

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 …

How to Prepare a Domestic Helper’s Room Properly in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Going compact and creative when it comes to arranging space are absolute musts. For many Hong Kongers, coping with limited space has become the new normal. Things get a tad more complicated though for those among us who are employing a live-in foreign domestic helper – as live-outs are illegal – and who need to make extra living arrangements.

A survey conducted by HelperChoice in 2018 investigated the most …

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…

How to Prepare Mid-Autumn Festival with Your Domestic Helper: Our 2018 Guide

Mid-Autumn Festival (Lantern Festival), one of the most iconic Chinese festivals, is around the corner. Wherever you come from, you cannot miss this great colourful holiday in Hong Kong! But the Mid-Autumn Festival is also a perfect family time: play lanterns, enjoy the full moon, and even picnic outdoor with your beloved ones.

For your domestic helper, do not forget that the day after Mid-Autumn Festival is a statutory holiday in Hong Kong. You are required to give her …