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    Payment in lieu of holidays

    Our DH has said that if we ever need her to, she's happy to work on a Sunday or a public holiday and that instead of giving her an alternative day off, that we could pay her instead for that day.
    I read in the immigration guide that this is illegal and I can understand why.

    In practical terms, I doubt we will need her to work on a Sunday or holiday but should we ever need her to (in some emergency or the other) I am confused about what to do. I can understand her wanting to have the money instead and I would like to give it to her if it is not too much of a risk. What do you think? How do others handle this? Does one just divide DH's monthly salary by 30 or 31 to equal a day's wage and give them that instead of the day off? Or does one divide by the actual working days in a month (ie: excluding Sundays).

    Please advise, just want to be prepared. Thank you!

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    if you pay minimum it works out to be about $111-135/day... i'd double it at least if she's working when she shouldn't be.

    or we have on occasion needed our helper just for a couple of hours on a sunday morning because both hubby and i were working. we paid her $50/hour. for any portion of an hour she worked. so, if she worked 2.25 hours, we paid her for 3 hours.

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    it is not legal but a lot of people 'buy' the DHs holidays. Some DHs just want to make more money so they are happy if you pay them a couple hundred and some prefer day offs consequently would expect more.

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    do get her sign something to acknowledge receipt of the extra pay. at the end of the contract, you get to keep whatever extra oinl lieu you have paid her, & no need for her to keep copy.

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    I've recently had a rethink of this issue. I always believed it was illegal and would substitute a Sunday worked with an alternate day off.

    However, the 'official guidelines' differ in refrence to a rest day and a holiday(http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/public/wcp/FDHguide.pdf). They say it is not allowed to pay in lieu of a statutory holiday worked. In reference to a rest day worked, they simply say 'You may however, with the consent of your helper, substitute some other day for the appointed rest day.'

    So, I recently asked my helper what she'd prefer - day off or payment - and she preferred the latter. I agreed since it is her choice. I would be happy to give her the day off if that was what she preferred.

    Agree with Cara that the actual daily rate should be doubled. When I worked overtime or on holidays in the UK I would earn 'time and a half' or 'double time'.
    That's my 2 cents!
    Last edited by kashismum; 06-07-2007 at 09:43 AM.

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    i mean keep the signed documents for yourself, no need to give her, or any third parties copies.

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    wow, 111 per day, if they work an 8 hour day, which most helpers do more, thats only about $13.80 per hour. less than 2 us a day. puts alot of these posts into perspective for me re helper issues.

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    well, if you take 3400x12= 40800/year

    then if you take off 52 days (for sundays) its $130/day....i didn't take off for paid holidays...
    the last time i figured it out i did it differently and it came out to $111, but in all honesty, i can't remember how i got the $111.

    even so, $130/day is peanuts!

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