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    Help - our domestic helper is pregnant

    Oh Crumbs. Found out today our domestic helper is pregnant. I have a 3 month old and am going back to work after Christmas. By then she will be 5 and a half months. We have only just started contract with her a couple of months a go(she didn't know when she signed). I just don't know what to do. I know we need to give her maternity leave but who looks after my baby when she is on leave? I have no family here and am under contract myself.
    She says she wants to stay in our emplyoment and has already started attending antenatal classes ready to deliver in HK. She has not told her family as she thinks they will disown her (she is single and it wasn't planned) so does not want to return to the philippines. But then, where does the baby live and who cares for it? I can't see how it can live with us and how she can do her job and look after our little one and hers at the same time. I don't want to be heartless towards her and we are not cross or upset with her at all but it is a really difficult situation. Any one else had a similar problem or know what on earth we can do?

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    Can you speak to your agency who helped hiring your helper? If she was already pregnant when she signed the contract, then I think it is breach of contract because you were supposed to hire a "single" female, not someone pregnant. Of course it might be a different story if she got pregnant after she came to HK. Who is the baby's father and what is her plan after the baby is born?

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    we didn't hire her through an agency. She says she was not pregnant wheh she signed contracts so she is not in breech of contract. The father is not sticking around so she is on her own with this.

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    The father is philippino and still there. She got pregnant while she was there waiting for us to process the contracts. She is planning on keeping the baby but she does not know how or what to do really.

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    Hi Nina,

    What a tough situation. There have been a few cases that the Gov't has granted Right of Abode to babies of Helpers born in HK. She can have the baby here, but most helpers are going home to leave their babies with family in the Phillipines to raise.

    According to the Gov't website:

    • If the Employee becomes pregnant and she has worked with the Employer for a minimum of 40 weeks, the Employer will allow 10 weeks paid maternity leave with wages being 4/5 of the regular salary.

    • If the Employee becomes pregnant and she has worked with the Employer for a minimum of 4 weeks but less than 40 weeks, the Employer will allow 10 weeks maternity leave without pay.


    I guess you need to sit down with her and find the best solution for both of you.
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    Does that mean that the baby cannot automatically stay in Hong Kong?
    Do you know how we go about covering her maternity leave? Obviously we cannot hire anyone else for such a short contract? Any ideas?

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    Nina,

    Here's the link to the story in the Filipino newspaper

    http://www.sunweb.com.hk/Story.asp?hdnStoryCode=1777

    I don't know if the Gov't will grant ROA automatically after these 2 have been approved. Or it will be on a case/by case basis. If that's the case, the baby will have to return to the Phillipines. I would email the Immigration Dept and ask what the process is. [email protected]

    While she's on Maternity Leave, you could hire someone locally on a part-time basis. There are quite a few legal Filipino Helpers in HK.
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    What a sticky situation.

    My friend was in a similar situation 2 years ago. She liaised with the pregnant helper, basically agree a "price" for her to agree to leave employment.If I remember correctly, my friend paid her ex-helper the FULL contract amount (ie she had 1 year contract left, she rec'd the FULL pay) and then ask her to leave and then employ a new helper.

    Good Luck

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