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Is it ok to set a curfew for domestic helpers (e.g. must be home by 9pm)?

No. The law requires that domestic helpers receive a full 24-hour period free from work. Requiring a domestic helper to be in a specific place at any time during that 24-hour period (like by setting a curfew) would be a violation of the rest day and therefore unlawful.

If you are worried about a domestic helper coming home late and waking up members of the family, talk with them instead of enforcing a curfew. Come to an agreement that you both are okay with. Alternatively, if you are worried that late nights are affecting their work, then this is a work performance issue and should be handled accordingly.

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Last updated on August 15th, 2019
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