Mar
09

What rights do we have as an employer towards our maid?

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What rights do we have as an employer towards our maid?

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 Maids are contracted staff. Before they arrive to work for all the Singapore employers, they should fully understand that their job scope is to do house work, and they should also be aware of the size and type of the house, looking after the elderly, what age the elderly is, looking after the baby, how old the baby is, if there are children, how many of them and of what age…etc, they also know they have 1 off day per month. If they choose not to have an off day, they will be paid $20 per day as compensation. If they willingly accepted these terms and condition, then they sign and agree to come here to work.  They did not come here to discover all these, so this is a totally fair deal.

There is no free meal in this world. Why would maids choose to come to Singapore to work when they know Hong Kong and Taiwan’s pay is much higher?  It is very simple, because they do not have money to pay for all the expenses to get out of their country; therefore they come to Singapore because Singapore employers will help them repay their loan first.

Recently, Singapore’s government has wanted to follow countries like Hong Kong and Taiwan to give maids 1 off day per week.  This adds more stress to the employer in Singapore. 

In Hong Kong and Taiwan the maids are treated like any other employees, they get to go home after working hours; they pay for their own lodging and transportation.  The employer is not responsible for their well being.debt

 Maids in Singapore are different. When they arrive, they come with a debt which they await their employer to help them pay off. The employer has to pay levy to the government. This money could have been from their salary. If the maid wants to change employers or commits a crime, the employer has to pay for their daily lodging till the case is settled. The employer is also responsible for a security bond of $5,000. If the maid gets pregnant, or runs away, the security bond will be activated. Therefore, if you want Singapore employers to be responsible for the maid’s well being, of course the employer have to watch the maid closely so that they do not do silly thing that can cost them a bomb.

 Because we all believe we need to have an off day, the Singapore Government has come into the picture to force all the employers to give 1 off day per week to their maids starting from Jan 2013 but this is totally unfair to the employer because they are being made responsible to the maid’s well being.  The more off days the maid has; the higher risk it is to the employer.  

 If the government wants to impose that, I think it is fair that the employers are not made responsible for the maid’s well being. Then it lowers the stress on the employer.stress

 For those who do not hire maids, please be nice to your fellow citizen, not all maid employers are bullies. If you talk to the maid employer, most of time you hear them complaining about being abused by their maid but they cannot do anything about it because they need the maid. Therefore, they choose to suffer in silence.    

 Recently, I sent my maid back home. She came to Singapore with a tooth ache. Right after she get her tooth fixed and learn that her family back home do not need her to bring money home anymore, she started to make life difficult for the employer’s family, so that she could break contract and get to go home early, and of course she has succeeded.  

So these are the story you have never heard from a maid employer. What rights do the we have as a maid employer?  Who will fight for our rights?  We pay taxes every month to our government but the money is used to feed people who talk about making others foreigner’s life better, it is very sad right?  Sigh…..

 

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