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…

8 Cooking Classes for Domestic Helpers in Singapore

Demand for cooking classes targeting domestic helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. But it is needless to say that nothing beats actual cooking classes – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way. Many organisations are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for domestic workers to teach them the basics, give maids a solid foundation and help them…

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 …

Hiring a Domestic Helper in Singapore: Agency or Direct Hire?

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) have become an essential part of our lives – we can never have too many extra hands to help us with the numerous household chores and care for our loved ones. Hiring can, however, be a tough job. When it comes to scouting and hiring a housemaid in Singapore there are two distinct ways: either through an agency hire – i.e. going through a so-called ‘maid’ agency – or a direct hire – basically going for a DIY job. Obviously, both ways have their…

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…

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…

Singapore Night Festival Turns 10

The Singapore Night Festival is back this year for its tenth edition in Bras Basah-Bugis district between August 18 and 26. To celebrate this big milestone, various local and international artists – and many surprises – will be part of one of the much-awaited festivals in Asia. This music and lights festival is a must-live experience – you should absolutely take our word for it! – so, we recommend that you have a stroll around the city as there will definitely be something…

10 Things to Do in Singapore During the Summer

Singapore’s weather can be awfully hot and humid and the idea of going out under such extreme temperatures can be daunting for many of us. Worry not – we have compiled a list of ideas of cool spots for you to hit during the summer and beat the heat:

Go hiking along the Southern Ridges up until the Labrador Nature Reserve. You’ll get to appreciate the stunning view and catch a great breath of fresh air! Go on a river cruise on Clarke Quay and escape the heat. You’ll definitely get…

9 Ways to Celebrate Singapore National Day

Shades of red and white are popping up all over the city as National Day festivities are about to begin. Singapore National Day is celebrated on August 9th and is the occasion for many Singaporeans to reflect on our nation’s achievements, the direction our country is taking and what should be done to get there.  It is also a great opportunity for all of us to have some much-deserved fun. Read on to get some ideas on how to best celebrate National Day this year!

 

Check out festivity…

What Alternatives to Live-in Helpers?

Hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) is often thought to be the only solution to get extra hands to help around in the household. While FDWs play an extremely valuable role in many Singaporean and expat households – particularly by making it possible for breadwinners to strike a balance between their career and their personal life – they are hardly the only option.

 

Hiring a FDW should not be taken lightly. It is imperative that any employer-to-be takes time to think…