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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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. Although both the domestic worker and the employer will try to prevent pregnancy from happening lest it will affect the helper's work performance, accidents do happen, and 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 ...

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Managing your Domestic Helper in Hong Kong

Foreign domestic helpers leave their country and children behind to work overseas in order to support their family, which is definitely difficult for every parent. As an employer, you can support your helper by helping her get accustomed to Hong Kong and your family. To become a good employer, you should understand all the rights and obligations of you and the domestic helper. In addition to this, communication is key ...

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How to Improve Communication with Your Domestic Helper

Establishing a positive and good relationship with your domestic helper through communication is important. Not only because it makes your life as an employer easier and because it can help prevent issues such as loans, but also because tensions in the household can have an adverse effect on your children and other family members. Stepping in their shoes Foreign domestic workers come to Hong Kong for employment in order to provide for ...

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House Rules for Domestic Helpers

Domestic helpers are a blessing to many families, but managing them can be challenging. Drafting house rules for domestic helpers and specific helper guidelines will create some much-wanted peace. Every household has its own rhythms and habits. A new domestic worker joining your family may have difficulty with the house rules used in your family. Even if she has a lot of experience, she will need time to learn your way ...

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Domestic Helper Management Essentials and Problem-Solving

Treating your domestic helper fairly can bring you a lot of benefits such as saving you time and money for finding a replacement, and having a helper who will work more efficiently and even go an extra mile in taking care of your family in return. However, manage a domestic helper can be tricky as she is your employee but also a part of the family. No worries, we will ...

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How to Welcome and Manage Your New Domestic Helper

Every domestic helper is different, just like every family is. You’ll always encounter some difficulties when your new domestic helper starts. Your domestic helper may have years of experience but is not used to your way of doing things. Or you had a domestic helper who stayed with you for a long time so you worry that you’ve forgotten how to manage a domestic helper with less experience. It will ...

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Many employers will reward their domestic helpers with a lai see/ang bao in Chinese New Year

Should You Give Your Domestic Helper a Bonus for Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is around the corner and it is now time to get everything in order for entering the Year of the Pig! This celebration is a special time of year for many families in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the hard work and contributions that domestic helpers make in our homes. Chinese New Year 2019 day is on Tuesday, 5 February Marking ...

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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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