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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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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The Main Concerns of Your Domestic Helper’s Work Safety

Your domestic helper’s, or actually anyone’s, work safety while doing household chores is often neglected. However, there are many hidden dangers such as robberies, falling from heights, electric shocks that can happen to your domestic helper, especially when she is alone at home. Therefore, while hiring a domestic helper, make sure that you can guarantee her work safety by giving her instructions to deal with some hazardous situations and providing her ...

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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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Part-Time Maid and Cleaning Services in Singapore

Many families in Singapore hire full-time foreign domestic workers to assist with daily cleaning and care duties. However, for many families – particularly those without children – part-time help is enough. In both cases, there may be some initial challenges to overcome. Meanwhile, there are a few regulations regarding part-time maid work that employers need to be aware of. Can I hire a part-time foreign domestic worker in Singapore? Employers can only ...

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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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Where to Find Cooking Classes for Domestic Helpers in Singapore

Many employers in Singapore are looking forward to upskilling their maids, especially when it comes to improving their cooking skills. 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. The benefits of registering your helper in cooking classes The benefits as an employer Not every domestic worker is a good ...

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Taking Your Domestic Helper on Holidays: A Guide to Visa Requirements

Bringing your domestic helper 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 domestic 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 ...

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