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“Intentional Laziness” of Your Domestic Helper

One common malpractice of employment agencies is that they will teach the helpers to misbehave so that the employers will fire them, which in turn benefits the employment agency. However, as employers become aware of such a practice, they also become too sceptical, which might harm the employer-helper relationship! If you observe that your helper "intentionally" makes mistakes, check this article to see what to do. Do not assume! Common reported behaviours ...

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HelperChoice Bank Accounts Guide for Domestic Helpers

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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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HelperChoice Bank Accounts Guide for Domestic Helpers

Opening a Bank Account in Hong Kong For Your Domestic Helper: The Ultimate Guide

Maybe you just employed a new domestic helper or maybe you have been employing her for a few years. In any case, you might wonder how to pay the domestic helper's salary every month, should you give her cash directly or make a bank transfer?   What are the advantages of opening a bank account for your domestic helper? In Hong Kong, many domestic helpers do not have have a bank account to ...

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Cooking Classes in Hong Kong For Domestic Helpers

Cooking classes are surely the best way to build up your domestic helper’s confidence in the kitchen, enable her to master new skills, learn the art of cooking in different cuisines and become more creative about food. There are many options for cooking classes for your domestic helper out there. Read on to find just what you have been looking for all along. Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at domestic ...

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HelperChoice reveals the areas in Hong Kong where foreign domestic workers get the highest salary

[Chinese version following English version] As the Hong Kong Labour Department is expected to announce the foreign domestic workers minimum wage reevaluation by the end of the month, HelperChoice analyzed the data of more than 2,000 job ads posted on its platform from 1 October 2017 to 31 July 2018.   The study reveals a very encouraging trend: for the 2nd consecutive year, the average salary offered by employers located in Hong Kong increased ...

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Tips for Employers on Encouraging Ethical Domestic Helper Recruitment

By law, employment agencies in Hong Kong are only allowed to charge foreign domestic helpers no more than 10% of their first month wage as placement fees. However, some agencies charge the domestic helpers illegal fees directly, and many employers have a limited knowledge of such practice because it causes no additional costs to them.   Such practices place domestic helpers at risk of debt bondage and forced labour. While the Hong ...

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Are You Ready for Summer Vacation? What About Your Helper?

Your summer holidays are getting closer and you are planning to travel with your family. Have you thought about your helper's activities when you are out of town? You may let her stay at home in Hong Kong, take her with you on vacation or give her the opportunity to enjoy her annual leave at her home country. In any case, you have to anticipate and make sure you will ...

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