The minimum wage for Hong Kong’s foreign domestic helpers is to be increased by 2.3 per cent, to HK$4,410 a month

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The Government announced that the minimum wage for foreign domestic helpers(FDH) signed on or after 30 September 2017 is to be increased from $ 4,310 to $ 4,410. Meal allowance will be increased to not less than $1,053 per month.

Some employers consult me: Do they need to increase the salary of their FDH (who are working in Hong Kong) to $ 4,410? The answer is: "NO". The salary of a FDH within two years of work is based on the amount written in the contract. By the Hong Kong law, employers cannot pay lower than the amount of salary written on contracts. But, employers also have the right to pay FDH higher salary at any time. Therefore, employers with FDH who is working in Hong Kong/ signed contract on or before September 29, 2017, have no obligation to increase their FDHs' salary to $ 4,410.  

In spite of this, FDHs will like compare their salaries to each other. There have been a FDH whose overall performance was good, often cheerful. One day, this FDH's performance got worse suddenly, and she looked very sad.  When talking to this FDH, I found out the reason: When she heard that the government increased the minimum wage for Hong Kong FDH, she regretted to come so early and was sad to earn $100 less each month. Finally, her employer decided to add $ 100 to this FDH in her monthly salary, and this FDH was so happy and thankful, that she performed better.

As an employer, if you does not mind to increase your FDH to $ 4,410, you can tell her it is an reward for her good performance at work. If the performance of your FDH is not satisfactory, you can encourage them that they can get an additional bonus of $ 100 per month if they will improved in certain areas.

For the detail of the Government's decision to increase the minimum wage for FDHs, please visit the following website:
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2113423/minimum-wage-foreign-domestic-helpers-hong-kong

外籍家庭傭工最低工資- 由4,310元增至4,410元

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政府宣布,有2017年9月30日或以後簽約的外籍家庭傭工, 最低工資由4,310元增至4,410元。膳食津貼將增加16元至每月不少於1,053元 。

有僱主查詢, 正在香港工作的外傭, 其僱主是否需跟政府的新規定, 追加薪金至4,410元? 答案是: 不用。外傭在工作兩年內的薪金, 是根據合約規定的金額。僱主不可以支付低過合約上的薪金, 但有權隨時加外傭薪金。因此, 在2017年9月29日及以前簽約/ 外傭正在香港工作約的僱主, 就算不跟隨政府, 每月額外加外傭100元, 也沒有犯法。

雖然如此, 外傭一定會互相比較其薪金。曾經有外傭到港後的幾星期, 整體工作表現好、時常笑容滿面。後來, 外傭的表現忽然直插水, 終日愁眉苦臉。細問之下, 才知道這外傭聽到政府宣布調高外傭的薪金, 便為自己早咗嚟香港, 結果每月收少100元而傷心、飲恨。僱主知道真相後, 感到哭笑不得。最後, 這僱主決定加外傭100元, 而這外傭立刻像充了電一樣, 繼續愉快、積極工作。

若僱主不介意追加外傭薪金至4,410元, 可告訴工作表現好的外傭, 這100元是給她工作表現好的獎勵。如外傭工作表現欠佳, 則可以鼓勵他們, 只要在那些方面改善, 每月就可得到這100元的額外獎勵。

關於政府調高外傭最低工資的新聞, 詳情可瀏覽以下網頁:

https://topick.hket.com/article/1915890/%E5%A4%96%E5%82%AD%E9%80%A3%E7%BA%8C7%E5%B9%B4%E5%8A%A0%E8%96%AA%20%E5%A2%9E%E8%87%B34410%E5%85%83

免費廣東話班及英文班 Free Cantonese and English Class!!!

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給僱主及外籍家庭傭工的好消息:  由民政事務總署資助的「融匯–少數族裔人士支援服務中心」(CHEER)將舉辦免費廣東話班及英文班,對象: 持有效香港身份證的非華裔香港居民。懂得聽英語的外籍家庭傭工也可以報名!!名額有限,先到先得!!!

Centre for Harmony and Enhancement of Ethnic Minority Residents (CHEER) is a support service centres funded by the Home Affairs Department (HAD) of HKSAR Government to provide accessible services to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. They are going to hold FREE Cantonese and English Class.

Foreign domestic helpers are welcome too! Add value on yourselves!!  First Come first Service!! 

 

課程內容及時間表Course Content and time table:
廣東話班 Cantonese Class:https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-NgNZDXnoHRUXVvakdvSjBCdGM
英文班 English Class:https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-NgNZDXnoHRUGFaeXhBT3oxS3c

網上報名Register online:
廣東話班Cantonese Class:https://goo.gl/forms/QqAJu9zZkW2tAlKC2
英文班 English Class:https://goo.gl/forms/RRvwWYRz2QxG0h3l1

*獲取錄者將於開課兩天前收到通知,他們必須於上課當日登記成為CHEER會員。中心不會另行通知不獲取錄的申請者。

*Successful applicants will be notified two days before the commencement of the course, and they must register as CHEER members on the day of class.  If you do not receive any notification, that mean your application is not successful.

**如有疑問,請直接致電3106 3104與CHEER職員聯絡。 

**For enquiry, please feel free to call 31063104 during office hours

假如天文台有可能懸掛8號風球, 恰巧那天是外籍家庭傭工的假期, 應怎麼辦

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假如天文台發出暴風信號3號,並有機會轉掛8號風球,外籍家庭傭工將會在該日準備休息,僱主應為安全理由,叮囑她不要外出,但照常休假,只是留在家中。同時,這也可避免後來若改掛8號風球時,外傭因冇車回家而要求在外留宿的可能。

 

同時,僱主不得要求外傭在休息日工作,僱主若強迫外僱在休息日工作除,即屬違反[僱傭條例]的規定。除非外傭自願在休息的工作。

 

當然,僱主也可以與外傭商量,如她同意,僱主可另定休息日,代替原來指定的休息日。另定休息日須安排在同一個月內的原定休息日之前,或在原定休息日的30天內。

新手父母育兒Q&A

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1 如何知道嬰兒哭是因為肚餓:

嬰兒出生的頭2-3個月, 在哭的同時:

- 常有「口擘擘」動作

-父母將手指放嬰兒咀邊時, 嬰兒的面會隨住大人的手指「追住吸啜」

2 如何知道初生嬰兒奶量充足

不論初生嬰兒是喝母乳或是是奶粉,頭三個月:

-每天應更換最少六條濕透尿片

-每個月體重增加至少0.5 公斤

3 如何知道初生嬰兒粉量不足

-小便量減少、尿片有橙色尿漬

 

替嬰兒剪指甲、腳甲

每個新手父母面對替嬰兒剪指甲,可能都會感到誠惶誠恐,開吧會不小心剪傷孩子的皮膚。究竟睇嬰兒剪指甲、腳甲時,有什麼要注意呢?

為何要替嬰兒剪指甲?

指甲容易藏污垢、細菌,若不定時替嬰兒剪指甲,他們容易抓傷面部、頭皮,引致皮膚發炎。

工具

嬰兒專用指甲鉗或剪刀。市面上有很多不同牌子、款式的選擇,只要父母感覺唔該晒小林你搵到等人媽咪病了當瞓咗用得舒服就可以。

最適宜剪指甲、腳甲時間

一般而言, 嬰兒洗澡後, 指甲會變軟,家人替他們剪指甲、腳甲會更容易。然而,不是每個嬰兒都會乖乖不動,任大人剪甲。若你想替孩子剪甲,但他不停的郁動手或腳,那你便不應浪費時間,和他博鬥。嬰兒年紀太小,未懂得如何與大人合作。這時,父母應考慮趁嬰兒熟睡時,才靜靜的替他剪、腳甲。這樣比較安全,因為這是孩子不會再掙扎,剪傷他們指甲、腳甲的機會也相對較少。

頻密度

嬰兒的指甲、腳甲生長很快,平均每星期可以替嬰兒剪甲一、兩次。

如新手父母害怕替嬰兒剪指甲,應怎麼辦?

父母可以考慮讓嬰兒穿可以遮蓋手指的薄長袖衫。這樣,嬰兒就不容易抓傷面部、頭皮。

 

 幼 兒 照 顧 服 務 Child Care Services

社會福利署非致府機構提供多元化的幼兒照顧服務,以支援一些因工作或其他原因而暫時未能照顧子女的父母。這服務也可舒緩僱主因外傭辭職/ 新外傭未能及早到港,引致沒人照顧嬰幼兒的壓力

詳情請登入以下網頁:
http://www.swd.gov.hk/tc/index/site_pubsvc/page_family/sub_listofserv/id_childcares/

        
The Social Welfare Department in Hong Kong provides Child Care Services to assist parents who cannot take care of their children because of work or other reasons. This services can reduce the stress of employers if your existing helper resign/ new domestic helper cannot come early.   

For detail, please click the link below and read:
http://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_family/sub_listofserv/id_childcares/

"我不喜歡新工人姐姐"

若僱主聘請/更換新的外籍家庭傭工(以下簡稱「工人」/「工人姐姐」),很容易會聽到一些孩子們各式各樣的投訴:「我不喜歡新工人姐姐。」例如:她只顧做家務,不同我玩; 她逼我做功課、她煮的東西不好吃、她很麻煩、她很髒、她把我的東西亂放、她有體臭 ……等等。如果收到投訴,你會如何處理?

a. 把新工人辭退,請過另一位。

b. 責備工人。

c. 細心聆聽孩子的投訴及工人的解釋,再找出解決方法。

答案:

a. 把新工人辭退,請過另一位。好些僱主會因為孩子不喜歡新的工人,結果不到幾個星期就把新工人辭退。表面看來,這似乎是最快、最有效處理孩子的投訴。然而,這對於孩子成長,未必是好事。

我們需要從小培養孩子解決問題的能力及和不同類型、性格的人和諧共處的能力。很多生活不快樂的人,就是因為不懂得處理問題和人際關係。如果僱主因孩子不喜歡,就把新工人辭退,孩子恐怕會白白錯失學習包容、互相遷就、接納他人及解決問題的機會。不合心意就換,會讓孩子變得越來越自我中心,冇同情心; 遇到問題,只會逃避,結果不懂得如何與人保持長久和諧的關係。另外,一個新來港的外傭,適應新工作環境、語言、文化,需要平均需要6-8個月。所有醒目好工人,都曾經遇到有願意讓他們成長、給他們進步空間的僱主。

b. 責備工人。假如僱主沒有詳細了解事情來龍去脈,就責備工人,恐怕會錯怪好人。有時孩子投訴,只為想吸引父母的注意力; 有時工人未必有做錯,可是孩子年紀小,表達時詞不達意,造成誤會。有時孩子投訴工人姐姐,其實是說謊,目的是為掩飾自己做錯事。輕率責備工人,(特別是菲傭,她們不接受任何的言語暴力)輕則破壞僱傭關係,重則鼓勵工人辭職的決心。而孩子則從父母身上學習到隨便諉過於人、責備別人。

c. 細心聆聽孩子的投訴及工人的解釋,再找出解決方法。僱主在處理孩子投訴時,應保持中立。細心聆聽,加上適當的提問,有助了解真相,同時令孩子感到被重視。此外,僱主應把問題告訴工人,聽聽她有何解釋,再找出解決的方法。要改變的,可能是工人的處事方法、態度; 可能是孩子對新工人的期望; 可能孩子和新工人都有要調適的地方。這會為孩子建立一個很好的榜樣: 遇到問題時,冷靜、公平、理性找出問題的原因和解決方法。

 

「我不喜歡新工人姐姐。」作為父母的僱主,若聽到孩子這投訴,希望你會作出明智的回應。

 

How to deal with Domestic Helpers when they ask for a Loan?

Many foreign domestic helpers who live in Hong Kong get stuck in debt, sometimes due to their lack of money handling skills or being duped by agencies and people with high interest rates. They get seldom caught in spirals of debt. 

A domestic helper’s debt can be a major headache for the employer, even before they start a job at their place. Hence, it’s in the best interest of the employer to choose a potential maid with no debt whatsoever. One of the best ways to limit any possibility of hiring a domestic helper with debts is when one goes through direct hire. The process will ensure that you have hired the worker yourself after a thorough background check through agencies. By limiting the contact of the agency, one can make sure your helper doesn’t have to pay them anything!

 

Give loan advances after knowing them properly

Before even managing to give out a loan, one needs to have trust on the helper and then discuss salary advances. Employers need to chat at length about their helper’s financial situation in a thoughtful manner and then think about offering advance money. Ask the helper about previous debts and the need for salary advance frankly from you. If he or she does not divulge details, you need not offer any advance as you need to be sure where the money would be used. Ask how your helper would handle the debt and the reason behind it. Do not make the situation awkward and don’t embarrass your helper in front of family members. Help them get on track financially if with salary advances if possible. Guide them about financial planning, opening up a bank account where they can deposit salary every month.

 

Help Domestic helpers manage their finances responsibly

Most foreign domestic helpers travel to Hong Kong to work and earn money and then support families back home. Many have to shell out an average of 15-30,000 HKD as part of agency fees after borrowing the same to pay the fee. They might be under pressure to pay the fee back, hence you might consider offering them a loan or salary advance. But it is essential that you manage such a loan or salary advance on paper and in reality. Help them settle debts with genuine receipts as proof of what they owe. Agree only on an amount that they can manage to pay back to you every payday. Discuss their budgeting style and offer ideas to manage money on particular circumstances. Do not entertain new helpers with ideas, as it would put pressure on your own finances. Help them manage their finances responsibly. 

 

To support your domestic helper about loan sharks issue, contact a non-profit organization to aid you in this regard.

 

Provide sound advice before giving advances

With respect to finances, domestic helpers would generally regard it as their personal issue and might hesitate to bring their situation out in the open. Be empathetic about their situation, and provide friendly advice, without intimidating them with figures and facts. Do not go overboard in lending money as it might create problems for you. 

 

If your domestic helper has been working with you for quite a while, a small loan is understandable. Never lend anything more than a couple of month’s salary. Your worker might feel pressurized to pay it back. Chat openly about the amount offered as advance and refrain from giving it if your helper has a history of unhealthy spending habits. If it is a genuine family emergency, you might think of offering a handy loan with easy installments, maybe over six months. Do not lend your helper more money until they have repaid the previous loan in full. Let them manage their debt personally and also make it clear to them that you do not offer loans to them easily.

 

Conclusion

Offering financial advice is a noble thing to do, although sometimes you might think of lending some money to get your helpers out of trouble. Keep a tab of the loan and also an eye on your helper’s spending habits. After all, any problem affecting the helper might indirectly affect your family routine too.

 

Author bio

Edouard Muller is a French entrepreneur working in the Hive Sai Kung. He is the founder of HelperPlace – a leading platform to find the right domestic helper in Hong Kong.

Child Care, First Aid & CPR Course


Child Care, First Aid & CPR Course: 
There is a 11 hour course is for domestic helpers who care for your babies and young children. The course covers Child Care, First Aid & CPR and is held in a real home so that all safety scenarios in your helper’s exercises are in realistic situations.

有一個11小時的課程,是為裝備你的菲傭照顧你的寶寶和幼兒而設。該課程涵蓋幼兒護理、急救和心肺復蘇術。


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