The Difference between Domestic Helper Release Letter, Termination Letter and Reference Letter

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”.

 

Drafting a termination letter for domestic helper

If you or your domestic helper decided to terminate the contract ahead of time, you legally need to draw up a termination letter where…

What Do You Need to Know About Domestic Helper Loan Sharks?

You may have heard of employers being harassed by loan sharks because their domestic helpers used the residence address for taking out loans and are not able to repay the debts. But why are many domestic helpers in debt and how can you prevent your helper from getting into debts?

 

Why do domestic helpers borrow money? Because of recruitment debts charged by unethical employment agencies

Legally, placement fees employment agencies in Hong Kong charged to domestic helpers…

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,…

How to Prepare a Domestic Helper’s Room Properly

It is important to offer your domestic helper a proper living quarter so that she can gain enough rest after a long day working. But things get a tad more complicated when it comes to the accommodation arrangement as foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong or Singapore are required to live with their employers.

HelperChoice investigated the most common living arrangements for domestic helpers in Hong Kong. The survey exposes that a large majority (70%) of the job offers include…

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…

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…

Essential Steps to Domestic Helper Visa Processing in Hong Kong

Find a domestic helper that matches your family’s needs and expectations is only the beginning of the hiring process. Handling the paperwork for the work visa can be confusing and time-consuming. In Hong Kong, the domestic helper visa processing involves 2 steps: employment contract notarization at the consulate and visa application at the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Pay attention to every single part of the process so that you do not make unnecessary mistakes.…

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…

Key Facts on Hiring a Foreign Domestic Helper in Hong Kong

The process of hiring a foreign domestic helper can be time-consuming and daunting. In order to help you navigate this process more easily, we have prepared some resources with all you need to know about domestic helpers in Hong Kong.

 

An overview of foreign domestic helpers

There are over 380,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Domestic helpers have been a great support for dual income families – they take care of your household, your children and/or your…