Instead of giving your domestic helper bonus, you can consider giving her a small gift.

Should I Give My Domestic Helper a Bonus or Increase the Salary?

Your domestic helper has been with you for a while and you may wonder if you should increase her salary or give her a bonus. What do other employers do? There is no golden rule or a standard practice when it comes to giving your domestic helper a bonus or increasing her wage. But don’t pull your hair out yet, we went out and asked what others do. When should I give ...

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Measles Vaccination for Hong Kong Domestic Helpers

The Hong Kong government is providing free measles vaccination (“Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccines” (MMR vaccine)) services to foreign domestic helpers. Helpers can receive injections at designated clinics and group/ outreach vaccination activities through outsourced private medical organisations. Eligibility to receive free measles vaccinations People with medical proof of immunity (i.e. tested positive for measles immunoglobulin G) are not required to receive MMR vaccination. Foreign domestic helpers working in Hong Kong ...

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Bringing Assistance to Abused Domestic Helpers

Any search about domestic helper abuse in Hong Kong will send you down a scary rabbit hole. Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) abuse is widespread. In the past few years, several cases of mistreatment and abuse have shed light on those inhumane practices that (still) take place behind closed doors. Shockingly, those practices are by no means isolated incidents; however, the majority of cases go unreported – FDWs are not allowed ...

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Pregnancy Rights of your Helper in Hong Kong

As any employee in Hong Kong, your domestic worker is entitled to pregnancy rights and maternity leave. You as the employer cannot infringe upon your worker’s reproductive rights. Therefore, this article will tell you about your helper’s maternity leave, contraceptive injection and how you can start a conversation about pregnancy with your helper. Maternity Leave Your helper is entitled to a 10-week paid maternity leave if (if not, the entitlement to maternity ...

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New Measures to Better Match Employers with Maids

Hiring a foreign domestic worker is usually what families do when they need someone to help with caregiving and domestic work. As of today, there are around 250,000 maids working in Singapore. Only about one-third of them finish two years of their contract. In view of this, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) feels the need to support employers in their hiring of maids, since early termination of contracts is expensive ...

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Hong Kong Protests: 6 Things Domestic Helpers Should Be Aware of

Series of protests in Hong Kong, which started since early June, have many Hong Kong people worried. While places not affected by protests are operating as usual, we have some suggestions as to what domestic helpers should be aware of: 1. Stay tuned to major events ahead: While small-scale, spontaneous protests are hard to predict and avoid, large-scale protests and demonstrations are planned ahead. Their date, time, and venue are announced some ...

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4 Common Domestic Helper Problems and How to Overcome Them

4 Common Domestic Helper Problems and How to Overcome Them

Issues can sometimes arise and complicate your relationship with your domestic helper. If they have not promptly been dealt with, they can end up deteriorating your relationship with your domestic helper. Here are some of the most common problems you can face and a few tips to overcome them. Problem 1: You are not satisfied with your domestic helper’s work There might be various reasons why you are not satisfied with your ...

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Fair Treatment of Domestic Helpers in Singapore

Despite progress, including greater awareness of the rights of domestic helpers, maids are sometimes poorly treated in Singapore and other parts of Asia. Since this worker group remains vulnerable to exploitation, the government of Singapore says it imposes severe penalties on those who abuse foreign maids. Employers should be aware of helpers’ rights, and discuss these during on-the-job orientation and training, and ensure that expected duties remain legal and ethical. Unfortunately, ...

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Domestic helper cultural differences

Dealing with Domestic Helper Cultural Differences

We’ve all heard about cultural differences, especially in families with domestic helpers. But what are common cultural differences and how can you avoid letting them turn into issues? Due to varying upbringings, cultures and situational factors, people from different backgrounds do many things differently. Just as German and French people have different eating habits, so do we all have different habits around the house. We have often heard about the big cultural ...

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Fixing up a broken domestic helper-employer relationship takes more time and energy.

Handling Maid Disputes in Singapore

Disagreements between employers and workers are common in any industry, and domestic work is no exception. Given the challenges that come with hiring a foreign domestic worker, disputes can be difficult to handle, particularly since they can also involve employment agencies. While domestic work is not regulated under Singapore’s Employment Act, there are legal avenues that one can follow if a dispute cannot be resolved at home. Full-time domestic helpers come from ...

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