Bringing your helper on vacay with you? Consider these options, advises domestic helper agency 121 Personnel Services.
Perhaps you want to bring your helper along so you and your partner can sneak off for date night while on holiday. If so, remember to fi nd out beforehand if she needs a visa application for the country of visit vis-à-vis her home country. Alternatively, time your holiday with her home leave, so she can have a break, too.
Even though you are letting your helper tag along for your holiday, remember that she is still working for you. She will have to be compensated for the period she is with you abroad. Do not deduct that time period from her home leave period. After all, letting her spend the time she deserves in her home country is a great reward for all her accumulated work.
If you want your helper to have a proper vacation with your family without her usual workload, ask if she’s okay with considering that holiday as part of her home leave – her consent is important. If she agrees, it is advisable to have that agreement documented and signed by both parties.
If you’d prefer to let your helper stay in Singapore, remember to give her some freedom. Do not leave her locked in the house without the keys. Not only is this a violation of Ministry of Manpower regulations, there’s also a possibility for emergency situations such as a fire outbreak or gas leak.
From The Finder (Issue 284), July 2017
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