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Sharing helpers - Is this feasible / legal ?

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    baajee is offline Registered User
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    Apr 2007

    Sharing helpers - Is this feasible / legal ?

    We are a bunch of Aussie expats, 3 maybe 4 households - all single or working couples, no kids and all living in apartments within 15 mins of each other at midlevels. We all have the same requirements - for someone to come in a couple of hours a few times a week to clean and tidy up our apartments while we are at work.

    Is it legal to share a helper between us, as the workload is quite basic and the helper would get lots of autonomy and time off in between - we are not fussed about hours as long as the job is done properly. Would one of us have to be a designated employer ? Do we have to hire a local helper if we can't provide accomodation ? We would prefer a phillipino helper due to the language and quality of work - someone who is reliable and very trustworthy since there is minimal level of interaction and supervision. Would appreciate any information of whether this is a feasible or legal arrangement.

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    carang is offline Registered User
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    Sep 2004
    Sai Kung
    if you are looking for a foreign domestic helper, then yes, it is ILLEGAL.

    if you can find someone who is either local, or on a dependent visa, then you can do it. if you choose this option, then you are looking at $50-60/hour. you also do not have any other responsibilities, ie. food, accomodations etc.

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    Sleuth is offline Registered User
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    Fo Tan
    Some Filipinos have become locals/on dependent visa, so you might get lucky and be legal and Filipino.

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    revolah is offline Registered User
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    Hongkong side

    Helper available please call 67754711 ( Maribel)

    I am writing on behalf of my friend name Maribel as her present employer will be returning back to Canada this coming June incase you are interested to interview her. She is willing to work with the mentioned arrangement and she is a good cook and honest.
    She got a good recomendation from present employer.
    You may call her at 67754711 her name Maribel.
    Thank you.

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    snagito is offline Registered User
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    Jan 2007
    Hello, I know of someone who might be able to help you out. She is from the Philippines and the quality of her cleaning and ironing work is really excellent. She's available to start ASAP if needed. Send me a PM if you want to discuss further..Cheers!

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