Tips for a Healthy Employer-Employee Relationship
- Ensure you understand HK domestic worker laws and your obligations as an employer (see Standard Employment Contract and Practical Guide for Employment of Foreign Domestic Helpers by the Labour Department (pdf)
- Purchase the mandatory Workers Compensation Insurance
- Determine a weekly Rest Day (a full 24 hours) as well as appropriate accommodation and food arrangements
- Articulate clearly your expectations (in writing if needed) including task schedules and interaction with your family (including child discipline)
- Expect a transition period for your employee (even an experienced domestic helper) to learn new skills and acclimatise to your household
- Provide constructive job performance feedback regularly
Avoid Common Mistakes
- Grant all 12 annual Statutory Holidays. Payment in lieu of holiday is not allowed by law.
- Confirm that your employee is getting enough food. Many domestic helpers are hungry but are afraid to let their employers know
- If you are going to give a food allowance, this should be paid at the beginning of the month
You are not alone! If you have questions, seek advice from your agency or other experts:
- Read more Get Answers articles on Fair Employment Agency
- Immigration Department
- Labour Department
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Last updated on August 20th, 2019