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16 June is International Domestic Worker Day. Let us celebrate the important contribution of domestic workers and draw attention to their rights. Many domestic workers are vulnerable to forced labour and debt bondage. Show your support to domestic workers by sharing about fair hiring to friends and family and the role that we can all play in supporting ethical recruitment standards and practices.

Here’s 5 ways you can show your support:

1. Spread the word! 

Did you know that many domestic workers are paying exorbitant fees to agencies for jobs that they may not be prepared or suitable for?  What happens when workers pay for their jobs is that agencies are then incentivised to place those who are willing to pay, rather than those who are right for the job. The current misalignment in the market leaves workers vulnerable to exploitation and do a disservice to employers.  We believe that when employers understand forced labour issues, worker recruitment debt and learn effective management skills, they can drive market change. 

Help spread the word and share these fair hiring tips with your network. You can even share these tips on your social media and use them as conversation topics with your friends and family.

Fair Hiring Tip #1: ASK

  • Ask the domestic helper agency for a detailed breakdown of costs, for the worker and yourself. Sometimes, there are hidden costs that you are not aware of. Make sure there are no nasty surprises. 
  • Ask the Worker what they actually paid. Remember, placement fees are illegal and workers should not be paying anything more than the 10% of their first month’s salary.

  • Ask the Worker if they have access to their passport, or if the agency/lender is holding it. Again, it is illegal for the agency to withhold their passports or use as a collateral for any loans or job placements.

Fair Hiring Tip #2:  REPORT

  • After gathering all the facts and you find that your worker is being charged over the 10% of their first month’s salary by their agency, then your worker should report immediately to the Consulate and Labour Department. At Fair, we never charge any fees to workers.

  • Oftentimes, your complaint as an employer will be heard more strongly than your worker’s so we encourage you to report to the Labour Department.

Fair Hiring Tip #3:  SUPPORT

  • If you find out that your worker has been charged illegal fees, you can support your worker by encouraging the worker to pursue a case at the Labour Department. 

  • Try to be flexible to the needs of the worker as they may need time off to attend court proceedings. Showing your support for your worker in this way will help to build trust between you and the worker. When your worker is cleared from these issues, it will give them the kind of peace of mind that can contribute to their long term commitment to the job. 

  • You can support or even sponsor your helper to take Enrich’s financial education workshops so that they learn to save money, learn how to avoid scams, and achieve their financial goals. 

2. Support can start at home:
Show your support to your worker by understanding your legal rights and obligations as an employer with these quick legal tips:

  • Remember your helper is entitled to 24 consecutive hours of rest day per week. Emergencies aside, it is illegal for you to compel a domestic helper to work on a rest day.

  • Ensure that your worker is receiving enough food. Your worker may sometimes be afraid to speak out. So, remember to check-in with them to see if they’re getting enough food. 

  • Get employee compensation insurance for your worker. There are many affordable options out there in the market. It’s also a good idea to purchase medical insurance for your worker in case of any unexpected medical emergencies or illnesses. These are the types of benefits that make your worker feel really supported. 
  • If your worker gets pregnant, ask for assistance with maternity/health questions. Reach out to Pathfinders who provide employers with recommendations and information about their legal obligations.

3. Join our webinar: Manage for Success: Smart Hiring & Managing of Domestic Helpers 

During this session, we will discuss the importance of ethical hiring practices, understanding illegal agency fees, employment contract content and basic information on the Employment Ordinance. We will share useful management tips and smart hiring tips, including helpful legal tips for employers. We will also answer questions and concerns around hiring and managing workers right now including information on changes, quarantine, salary arrangements, etc. 

Join us for an informative session on how to successfully manage your domestic helper. Register now!

Date & time: Tuesday June 14, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Venue: Zoom (please register in advance via registration link)

4. Watch The Hiring Challenge:

The Hiring Challenge is aimed at raising awareness amongst employers of the exploitation of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong and providing them with tips on how they can contribute towards positive change. Show your support by sharing or liking the video or even posting on your social media.

5. Donate:

​​Fair Employment Agency is a nonprofit agency. Support domestic worker rights by donating through Fair Employment Foundation, a registered charity in Hong Kong, which builds social businesses (like us!) to make migrant recruitment fair to workers & fair to employers. Your donation will help grow our market solutions and drive industry standards to end forced labour. Click here to support.

Next Statutory Holiday
Reminder that Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day on 1st of July is a statutory holiday. Employers are required by law to give all statutory holidays off. If a statutory holiday falls on a domestic helper’s rest day, she must be given that day off and the following day. Read more about statutory holidays here. 

Looking for an Indonesian domestic worker?

Did you know that we are processing Indonesian domestic workers? We are excited to be able to offer these services. Contact our team to enquire more: 

Sheung Wan: 3568 6858 

Tsuen Wan: 3611 2997

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