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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Foreign Domestic Helpers Rights and Protection under the Employment Ordinance in Hong Kong

Comprising the 5% of Hong Kong total population are 340,000 foreign domestic workers largely those who came from Philippines and Indonesia. Some are from India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The Filipina Domestic workers are almost 200,000 in numbers to date.   In the Philippines, this trend began in earnest in 1974 when the government began to actively encourage and facilitate labor emigration as a tool of economic development in response to high unemployment and poor economic conditions. In the years since, the Philippines has provided an abundant, relatively cheap labor supply to countries in the region and beyond. More than 10 million Filipinos lived abroad as of the start of 2014, nearly half of whom were temporary workers. Hong Kong was the sixth most popular international destination for temporary workers overall from the Philippines, after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Qatar.  To ensure that the rights of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong are protected, an ordinance has been provided by the Hong Kong government to safeguard every foreign domestic workers in the area.       Foreign Domestic Helpers Rights and Protection under the Employment Ordinance    Standard Employment Contract for Foreign Domestic Helpers   The Standard Employment Contract specifies the terms and conditions of employment of a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong. It is the only piece of document recognised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the purpose of employing foreign domestic helpers.   Under the Standard Employment Contract, foreign domestic helpers are entitled to:    A Minimum Allowable Wage [Clause 5(a) of the contract].    Food allowance if no food is provided by the employer [Clause 5(b)]    Free accommodation [Clause 5(b)]    Free passage to and from their place of origin [Clause 7(a)]   Free medical treatment, including medical consultation, maintenance in hospital and emergency dental treatment [Clause 9(a)]    Paid or unpaid home leave with cost of passage at the expense of the employer [Clause 13]   Minimum Allowable Wage Employers must pay their helper a salary no less than the prevailing Minimum Allowable Wage at the time of signing the contract.   All foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong should be paid not less than the Minimum Allowable Wage of HK$4,310 per month if their employment contracts are made on or after 1 October 2016.  Payment of Wages Wages should be paid not later than 7 days after the end of the wage period or date of termination of contract  Underpayment of Wages  If wages received are less than that stipulated in the employment contract, a helper should:   clarify the correct amount with the employer;   not acknowledge receipt of wages which has not been paid; and   in case of underpayment, report to the Labour Department as soon as possible.   Deduction of Wages   Deduction of wages is prohibited except:   due to damage to or loss of employer’s goods or property attributable to the negligence or default of the helper. The amount deducted in each case shall not exceed HK$300;    absence from work not exceeding a sum proportionate to the period of absence;    recovery of advance or over-payment of wages; and   recovery of loan made to the helper with the helper’s written request, etc.   Total deductions, excluding those for absence from work, must not exceed one half of the wages payable in that wage period.  Rest Days A foreign domestic helper:    should have at least 1 rest day in every period of 7 days; and    may work voluntarily on a rest day.    An employer must not compel a helper to work on a rest day.   Statutory Holidays   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to:    12 statutory holidays in a year; and    holiday pay if he/she has already been employed for 3 months preceding any of the statutory holidays.   Payment in lieu of granting a statutory holiday is not permitted.  If a statutory holiday falls on a rest day, a holiday should be granted on the day following the rest day. An alternative holiday should be arranged within 60 days before or after the statutory holiday if the foreign domestic helper is required to work on the holiday.  Annual Leave   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to paid annual leave after serving every period of 12 months with the same employer at the following rate:    7 days each for the first and second year of service; and    starting from the third year, the number increases by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 14 days.    Sickness Allowance   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to sickness allowance if he/she:    has accumulated the number of paid sickness days;    the sick leave taken is not less than 4 consecutive days; and    the sick leave is supported by an appropriate medical certificate.   The daily rate of sickness allowance is a sum equivalent to four-fifths of the average daily wages of the helper.  It should be paid not later than the normal pay day.   *An employer is prohibited from dismissing the helper on his/her paid sickness days, except in the case of the employee’s serious misconduct.    Termination of Employment Contract   Either party may terminate the employment contract by giving one month’s notice or one month’s payment in lieu of notice to the other party.   Termination payments may include:    outstanding wages;    payment in lieu of notice, if any;    payment in lieu of any untaken annual leave;     long service payment/severance payment, where appropriate; and    any other sum under the employment contract, e.g. free return passage, food and traveling allowance, etc.  Severance Payment/Separation Pay  A foreign domestic helper is entitled to severance payment if he/she:    has not less than 24 months of service with the same employer prior to the termination; and    is dismissed or the contract is not being renewed by reason of redundancy.   Long Service Payment   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to long service payment if he/she has no less than 5 years of service with the same employer prior to the termination and:    is dismissed or the contract is not being renewed by reason other than serious misconduct or redundancy;    resigns on ground of ill health;    resigns on ground of old age (i.e. aged 65 or above); or    dies in service.    Amount of severance payment or long service payment   Monthly wages x 2/3 x years of service Service of incomplete year should be calculated on a pro rata basis.   A foreign domestic helper is only entitled to either severance payment or long service payment.   The above information sets out only the highlights of the major statutory and contractual provisions with which foreign domestic helpers are commonly concerned.  RECOMMENDED:  BEFORE YOU GET MARRIED,BE AWARE OF THIS  ISRAEL TO HIRE HUNDREDS OF FILIPINOS FOR HOTEL JOBS  MALLS WITH OSSCO AND OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICES  DOMESTIC ABUSE EXPOSED ON SOCIAL MEDIA  HSW IN KUWAIT: NO SALARY FOR 9 YEARS  DEATH COMPENSATION FOR SAUDI EXPATS  ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES




Comprising the 5% of Hong Kong total population are 340,000 foreign domestic workers largely those who came from Philippines and Indonesia. Some are from India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The Filipina Domestic workers are almost 200,000 in numbers to date.
Comprising the 5% of Hong Kong total population are 340,000 foreign domestic workers largely those who came from Philippines and Indonesia. Some are from India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The Filipina Domestic workers are almost 200,000 in numbers to date.   In the Philippines, this trend began in earnest in 1974 when the government began to actively encourage and facilitate labor emigration as a tool of economic development in response to high unemployment and poor economic conditions. In the years since, the Philippines has provided an abundant, relatively cheap labor supply to countries in the region and beyond. More than 10 million Filipinos lived abroad as of the start of 2014, nearly half of whom were temporary workers. Hong Kong was the sixth most popular international destination for temporary workers overall from the Philippines, after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Qatar.  To ensure that the rights of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong are protected, an ordinance has been provided by the Hong Kong government to safeguard every foreign domestic workers in the area.       Foreign Domestic Helpers Rights and Protection under the Employment Ordinance    Standard Employment Contract for Foreign Domestic Helpers   The Standard Employment Contract specifies the terms and conditions of employment of a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong. It is the only piece of document recognised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the purpose of employing foreign domestic helpers.   Under the Standard Employment Contract, foreign domestic helpers are entitled to:    A Minimum Allowable Wage [Clause 5(a) of the contract].    Food allowance if no food is provided by the employer [Clause 5(b)]    Free accommodation [Clause 5(b)]    Free passage to and from their place of origin [Clause 7(a)]   Free medical treatment, including medical consultation, maintenance in hospital and emergency dental treatment [Clause 9(a)]    Paid or unpaid home leave with cost of passage at the expense of the employer [Clause 13]   Minimum Allowable Wage Employers must pay their helper a salary no less than the prevailing Minimum Allowable Wage at the time of signing the contract.   All foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong should be paid not less than the Minimum Allowable Wage of HK$4,310 per month if their employment contracts are made on or after 1 October 2016.  Payment of Wages Wages should be paid not later than 7 days after the end of the wage period or date of termination of contract  Underpayment of Wages  If wages received are less than that stipulated in the employment contract, a helper should:   clarify the correct amount with the employer;   not acknowledge receipt of wages which has not been paid; and   in case of underpayment, report to the Labour Department as soon as possible.   Deduction of Wages   Deduction of wages is prohibited except:   due to damage to or loss of employer’s goods or property attributable to the negligence or default of the helper. The amount deducted in each case shall not exceed HK$300;    absence from work not exceeding a sum proportionate to the period of absence;    recovery of advance or over-payment of wages; and   recovery of loan made to the helper with the helper’s written request, etc.   Total deductions, excluding those for absence from work, must not exceed one half of the wages payable in that wage period.  Rest Days A foreign domestic helper:    should have at least 1 rest day in every period of 7 days; and    may work voluntarily on a rest day.    An employer must not compel a helper to work on a rest day.   Statutory Holidays   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to:    12 statutory holidays in a year; and    holiday pay if he/she has already been employed for 3 months preceding any of the statutory holidays.   Payment in lieu of granting a statutory holiday is not permitted.  If a statutory holiday falls on a rest day, a holiday should be granted on the day following the rest day. An alternative holiday should be arranged within 60 days before or after the statutory holiday if the foreign domestic helper is required to work on the holiday.  Annual Leave   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to paid annual leave after serving every period of 12 months with the same employer at the following rate:    7 days each for the first and second year of service; and    starting from the third year, the number increases by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 14 days.    Sickness Allowance   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to sickness allowance if he/she:    has accumulated the number of paid sickness days;    the sick leave taken is not less than 4 consecutive days; and    the sick leave is supported by an appropriate medical certificate.   The daily rate of sickness allowance is a sum equivalent to four-fifths of the average daily wages of the helper.  It should be paid not later than the normal pay day.   *An employer is prohibited from dismissing the helper on his/her paid sickness days, except in the case of the employee’s serious misconduct.    Termination of Employment Contract   Either party may terminate the employment contract by giving one month’s notice or one month’s payment in lieu of notice to the other party.   Termination payments may include:    outstanding wages;    payment in lieu of notice, if any;    payment in lieu of any untaken annual leave;     long service payment/severance payment, where appropriate; and    any other sum under the employment contract, e.g. free return passage, food and traveling allowance, etc.  Severance Payment/Separation Pay  A foreign domestic helper is entitled to severance payment if he/she:    has not less than 24 months of service with the same employer prior to the termination; and    is dismissed or the contract is not being renewed by reason of redundancy.   Long Service Payment   A foreign domestic helper is entitled to long service payment if he/she has no less than 5 years of service with the same employer prior to the termination and:    is dismissed or the contract is not being renewed by reason other than serious misconduct or redundancy;    resigns on ground of ill health;    resigns on ground of old age (i.e. aged 65 or above); or    dies in service.    Amount of severance payment or long service payment   Monthly wages x 2/3 x years of service Service of incomplete year should be calculated on a pro rata basis.   A foreign domestic helper is only entitled to either severance payment or long service payment.   The above information sets out only the highlights of the major statutory and contractual provisions with which foreign domestic helpers are commonly concerned.  RECOMMENDED:  BEFORE YOU GET MARRIED,BE AWARE OF THIS  ISRAEL TO HIRE HUNDREDS OF FILIPINOS FOR HOTEL JOBS  MALLS WITH OSSCO AND OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICES  DOMESTIC ABUSE EXPOSED ON SOCIAL MEDIA  HSW IN KUWAIT: NO SALARY FOR 9 YEARS  DEATH COMPENSATION FOR SAUDI EXPATS  ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES

In the Philippines, this trend began in earnest in 1974 when the government began to actively encourage and facilitate labor emigration as a tool of economic development in response to high unemployment and poor economic conditions. In the years since, the Philippines has provided an abundant, relatively cheap labor supply to countries in the region and beyond. More than 10 million Filipinos lived abroad as of the start of 2014, nearly half of whom were temporary workers. Hong Kong was the sixth most popular international destination for temporary workers overall from the Philippines, after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Qatar.

To ensure that the rights of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong are protected, an ordinance has been provided by the Hong Kong government to safeguard every foreign domestic workers in the area.

  

Foreign Domestic Helpers Rights and Protection under the Employment Ordinance 


Standard Employment Contract for Foreign Domestic Helpers 

The Standard Employment Contract specifies the terms and conditions of employment of a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong. It is the only piece of document recognised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the purpose of employing foreign domestic helpers. 

Under the Standard Employment Contract, foreign domestic helpers are entitled to: 

 A Minimum Allowable Wage [Clause 5(a) of the contract]. 

 Food allowance if no food is provided by the employer [Clause 5(b)]

 Free accommodation [Clause 5(b)] 

 Free passage to and from their place of origin [Clause 7(a)]

 Free medical treatment, including medical consultation, maintenance in hospital and emergency dental treatment [Clause 9(a)] 

 Paid or unpaid home leave with cost of passage at the expense of the employer [Clause 13]

 Minimum Allowable Wage Employers must pay their helper a salary no less than the prevailing Minimum Allowable Wage at the time of signing the contract. 

All foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong should be paid not less than the Minimum Allowable Wage of HK$4,310 per month if their employment contracts are made on or after 1 October 2016.
 Payment of Wages Wages should be paid not later than 7 days after the end of the wage period or date of termination of contract

Underpayment of Wages

If wages received are less than that stipulated in the employment contract, a helper should:

 clarify the correct amount with the employer;

 not acknowledge receipt of wages which has not been paid; and

 in case of underpayment, report to the Labour Department as soon as possible. 

Deduction of Wages 

Deduction of wages is prohibited except:

 due to damage to or loss of employer’s goods or property attributable to the negligence or default of the helper. The amount deducted in each case shall not exceed HK$300; 

 absence from work not exceeding a sum proportionate to the period of absence; 

 recovery of advance or over-payment of wages; and

 recovery of loan made to the helper with the helper’s written request, etc. 

Total deductions, excluding those for absence from work, must not exceed one half of the wages payable in that wage period.

Rest Days A foreign domestic helper:

  should have at least 1 rest day in every period of 7 days; and 

 may work voluntarily on a rest day. 


An employer must not compel a helper to work on a rest day. 

Statutory Holidays

 A foreign domestic helper is entitled to: 

 12 statutory holidays in a year; and

 holiday pay if he/she has already been employed for 3 months preceding any of the statutory holidays. 

Payment in lieu of granting a statutory holiday is not permitted.

If a statutory holiday falls on a rest day, a holiday should be granted on the day following the rest day. An alternative holiday should be arranged within 60 days before or after the statutory holiday if the foreign domestic helper is required to work on the holiday.

Annual Leave

 A foreign domestic helper is entitled to paid annual leave after serving every period of 12 months with the same employer at the following rate:

 7 days each for the first and second year of service; and 

 starting from the third year, the number increases by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 14 days. 


Sickness Allowance 

A foreign domestic helper is entitled to sickness allowance if he/she: 

 has accumulated the number of paid sickness days; 

 the sick leave taken is not less than 4 consecutive days; and 

 the sick leave is supported by an appropriate medical certificate. 

The daily rate of sickness allowance is a sum equivalent to four-fifths of the average daily wages of the helper.
 It should be paid not later than the normal pay day. 

*An employer is prohibited from dismissing the helper on his/her paid sickness days, except in the case of the employee’s serious misconduct. 



Termination of Employment Contract

 Either party may terminate the employment contract by giving one month’s notice or one month’s payment in lieu of notice to the other party.

 Termination payments may include: 

 outstanding wages; 

 payment in lieu of notice, if any; 

 payment in lieu of any untaken annual leave;  

 long service payment/severance payment, where appropriate; and

 any other sum under the employment contract, e.g. free return passage, food and traveling allowance, etc.

Severance Payment/Separation Pay

A foreign domestic helper is entitled to severance payment if he/she: 

 has not less than 24 months of service with the same employer prior to the termination; and 

 is dismissed or the contract is not being renewed by reason of redundancy. 

Long Service Payment 

A foreign domestic helper is entitled to long service payment if he/she has no less than 5 years of service with the same employer prior to the termination and: 

 is dismissed or the contract is not being renewed by reason other than serious misconduct or redundancy; 

 resigns on ground of ill health; 

 resigns on ground of old age (i.e. aged 65 or above); or 

 dies in service.



Amount of severance payment or long service payment

 Monthly wages x 2/3 x years of service Service of incomplete year should be calculated on a pro rata basis. 

A foreign domestic helper is only entitled to either severance payment or long service payment. 

The above information sets out only the highlights of the major statutory and contractual provisions with which foreign domestic helpers are commonly concerned. 

RECOMMENDED:

BEFORE YOU GET MARRIED,BE AWARE OF THIS

ISRAEL TO HIRE HUNDREDS OF FILIPINOS FOR HOTEL JOBS

MALLS WITH OSSCO AND OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICES

DOMESTIC ABUSE EXPOSED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

HSW IN KUWAIT: NO SALARY FOR 9 YEARS

DEATH COMPENSATION FOR SAUDI EXPATS

ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA

BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON

SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT

AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD

DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS

BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS

PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY

MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT

UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018

REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN

KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC


"JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES

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