We are proud to write our first article on our blog page today ! In this blog you will find tips, law changes, articles, training contacts,… everything to assist you in maintaining and improving your relationship between yourself and your helper.
So what is new today – helpers and the law ?
Since October 1st 2016, The Hong Kong government has raised minimum wage and food allowance for foreign domestic workers to HK$4,310/month and HK$1,037/month respectively. This is applicable to those who are hired after October, 1st 2016.
For more information, you can go to the government website by clicking here.
In term of wages, employers are required pay monthly, either by cash, cheque or bank transfer, whichever is more convenient for you and your helper. It is further recommended to keep a signed record of payment. This receipt should mention the basic wage, food allowance, and eventually various bonuses and leave.
Areas surrounding money should be discussed and laid out clearly in the beginning as it is a common trigger for mistrust. Keep in mind the more you communicate to your helper your own personal way of doing and being, the more you will avoid the inherent pitfalls during the employment period.