18 June 2018 and 1 July 2018 are foreign domestic helpers' holidays

Gentle Reminders for new employers and new helpers:

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According to the Employment Ordinance, all employees are entitled to the above statutory holidays. Therefore, 18 June 2018, Monday(Tuen Ng"Dragon Boat" Festival) and 1 July 2018, Monday(Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day) are also the statutory holidays of the foreign domestic helpers. 

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Helpers who are working less than three months are also entitled to statutory holiday (without pay-- that means employers should let their helpers enjoy the two holidays and deduct their 2 days salary). If the helper have been employed continuously for three months, she  is entitled to have the holiday with pay.

Employer may require helper(s) to work on a statutory holiday. However, the employer must:

  • give notice to helpers for not less than 48 hours in advance ;

  • within 60 days before or after the holiday, arrange an alternative holiday for the helpers.

 Q&A

Q: If helper(s) agree, can employers give  an additional statutory holiday pay in lieu of granting him / her a replacement of an alternative holiday?

A: NO. An employer who violates the above requirements may be prosecuted. Upon conviction, the employer is liable to a fine of HK $ 50,000.