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    aussiegal is offline Registered User
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    Firing a helper

    We've decided to fire our helper as soon as we can find a good one to replace her. ours is simply no good with kids. Any advice on how to go about doing this would be welcomed. Is there anything I need to know? What notice should i give, termination payment etc? thanks.

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    Best advice is, don't tell her until the day has come. Also make sure she doesn't find out.
    If you fire her on the spot, then you have to pay her one month salary plus a single ticket back to her home country. No further notice has to be given. All you have to do is to inform immigration within seven days after you have fired her. Be sure you have a receipt signed by her about all the money you have paid her when she leaves.

    Depending on how much you trust her, ask her to pack in front of you to make sure she doesn't pack anything that doesn't belong to her.

    If you trust her well, you can fire her with one month notice. Then you simply pay her the ticket and her regular salary on her last day.
    You might want to be careful with the one month notice, as she won't work properly anymore.
    Good luck!

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    On top of what TripTrap mentioned, I think you have to also pay her HK$100 (for food or transportation I can't remember, but it should be stated in the green contract I think), and also calculate how many days worth of remaining holiday for which you have to pay her as well. Something like that, again, check the green contract, should be there. As for the air-tic, you can just pay her in cash, although some people prefer to buy them a ticket. It's entirely up to you, not her. But I would think paying her in cash is a lot easier. She would probably want you to write a release letter or termination letter (so that she can go out and find another job). Just keep it simple and list out all the payment, then you sign and she signs as ackowledgement. After that, you fax that over to the immigration department, and that's more or less there is to the whole thing.
    Last edited by mailmail; 06-15-2007 at 04:48 PM.

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    I am going through the same - I will terminate the current maid with immediate effect once I know when my new maid arrives. The paperwork for my new maid is being processed and it should take about 2.5 months before her arrival. You need to consider the remainder of the levy whether to transfer to the new maid or forfeit. My agent told me my maid has to be terminated before the next instalment due date.

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    The levy can easily be transferred to the next helper. Once your new helper gets the documents approved you can state on a document from immigration whether you want to have it transferred. You then have to only top up the missing amount to pay.

    Termination letter is necessary as it has to be sent to immigration. Recommendation letter is not mandatory but if she was good but just didn't match your standards, it might help her to find another employer.

    Sorry about the holidays. Oc course you have to pay her the pro rata amount as well. Two weeks for two years unless she has already taken some of them.

    Cash settlement for the air ticket is usually easier, as she can sign-up with a new employer without going back to her home country.

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    thanks for all your replies. Will she have only two weeks to find a replacement family before being forced back to the Phillipines? As Triptrap said she was pretty good just not up to our standards. With a newborn in the house and a 16 month old we need someone who is really good with children. She has no real family in the Phillipines so i know she would be keen to stay on here and not have to go back. Her sisters work here in Hong Kong.

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    She has 14 days from the day you fire her. If she can't find another employer within that time, she has to go back to the PH and try to find a new employer from there.

    If she's good, she might find a new employer rather quick and just go quickly out of HK to get her new visa stamped.

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    Yeah, it will be up to her how she manages her time within that 14 days. Some will go all over HK, registering with lots of agencies, some will just sit around waiting for her luck. This is something she has to sort out herself. But the thing is, even if she can't find a job within the 14 days period, she can still continue looking for jobs when she is back in the Philippines. If you are really nice, one thing you can help is to allow her future potential employers to telephone/email you for reference. That, I think will help her a great deal.

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