Your Alternatives when Your Helper Goes on Holidays

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are playing a crucial role in the life of many Singaporeans – especially for those of us who have to juggle a full-time job with a family life. We come to realize it – even more – when they go on holidays leaving us with many tasks to handle. While our helpers are looking forward to their next holidays to get to see and reconnect with their loved ones back home, many of us are left wondering how we are going to manage without them. Even though that can…

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…

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 FDW 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 pros…

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 …

15 Helper Cooking Classes in Singapore

Demand for cooking classes targeted at helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. Needless to say that nothing beats learning by doing though – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way.  Many organisations islandwide are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for helpers to teach them the basics, give them a solid foundation and help them improve their culinary…

Should I install CCTV to monitor my helper?

Being worried about our loved ones when we are not around is natural. We all want – even feel the need – to make sure that they are safe and sound. It is comprehensible that increasingly more employers in Singapore are choosing to install cameras to monitor how their loved ones are being treated by the helper they have hired to care for them when they are not at home.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV), what for?

The main reasons invoked by employers who have opted for CCTV (and those…

Educating your helper on healthy cooking practices

Diet-related diseases are on the rise – even in Singapore – and have become a global problem. The good news is that many of us are increasingly more conscious that adopting a healthier lifestyle is crucial (by paying extra attention to what’s on our plates among other things). Preparing our meals from scratch undeniably makes it easier to control what we – and our loved ones – are eating. But for many of us, that is not possible – at least not all the time.

Many of us in Singapore…

Everything you should know about 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 …

World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day!

World Environment Day was inaugurated in the aftermath of the first international talks ever on environmental issues – the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – which took place in 1972 in Stockholm. Since then it has been celebrated every year on June 5 with a different theme; this year’s central theme being ‘Connecting People to Nature’ – and in a different host country every year – as part of the UN Environment …

Why you should open a bank account in Singapore

Not having a bank account can be limiting in many ways. If you have been in Singapore for some time and are in this situation then you probably agree with us on that – it is not convenient at all. The benefits of having a bank account are multiple. Banking enables you to manage your money more efficiently allowing you to save more. Safety is also a big advantage as bank accounts ensure protection of your money – especially from theft and loss in disasters (you never know what might…