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Helper not entitled to statutory holidays during the first three months?

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    Helper not entitled to statutory holidays during the first three months?

    Hi all,
    I need more advice please. My helper(who joined us a week ago) told me today that she should not be entitled to any statutory holidays during the first three months after commencing the contract with us. She said it was written in the employment contract. Is this true? My copy of the contract is still with the agency. Can someone please confirm this and preferrably quoting some regulations of the law? I'm fully prepared for her to take the holidays. It's just nice to know a bit more on this issue.
    Thanks in advance.

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    i think she is entitled to have the statutory holidays off but not entitled to have this PAID if the employer doesn't wish to.

    would think (or would hope) most employers just give this off as paid days off if the helper is working out.

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    what slamdunk says is true. she is entitled to have them off, just not be paid for them.

    we paid for them anyway.

    ps. thanks for the clothes, they're gorgeous!

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    Thanks slamdunk and carang. My one is certainly working out very well with us, so will pay her for the three statutory holidays in Apr and May.

    No worries, carang. As promised, will keep all the size 3 clothes & shoes for your DD too. Have a wonderful trip back home!

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    Only Apr 4th (Ching Ming) is a statutory holiday in Apr. In May, only May 1st (Labor Day) and May 28th (Tuen Ng) are statutory holidays. The others (e.g. Easter, Buddha's birthday) are general holidays.

    Even though they're not statutory holidays, you still have the discretion of letting your helper have them as days-off.

    Acc. to the government website --

    An employee is entitled to the following 12 statutory holidays -

    1. the first day of January;
    2. Lunar New Year's Day;
    3. the second day of Lunar New Year;
    4. the third day of Lunar New Year;
    5. Ching Ming Festival;
    6. the first day of May;
    7. Tuen Ng Festival;
    8. the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival;
    9. Chung Yeung Festival;
    10. Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer);
    11. the first day of July; and
    12. the first day of October.

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    Legally within the first three months she is not legally entitled to statutory holidays, however, it will be nice if she is given them as paid holidays, after all, we are not just talking of the law, but a working relationship. After all, think of how you will like to be treated if your roles are reversed.

    I had some very bad employers, especially amongst the expats who abuses their helpers in terms of holidays and in terms of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwinp View Post
    Legally within the first three months she is not legally entitled to statutory holidays, however, it will be nice if she is given them as paid holidays, after all, we are not just talking of the law, but a working relationship. After all, think of how you will like to be treated if your roles are reversed.

    I had some very bad employers, especially amongst the expats who abuses their helpers in terms of holidays and in terms of money.
    Just FYI, of course knowing the law is equally important. As you may have read in other threads, there are employers who might be working on those days or some cannot afford to pay for what they are not legally required to. Although I understand where you are coming from(a helper's perspective), unfortunately it's completely up to the employers to decide whether they want to pay or not during the first three months of contract. And we cannot judge whether they are good or not just based on whether they have paid or not. I'm happy to pay my helper because she's excellent and honest(just from the fact that she told me that she should not be entitled/paid), and more importantly, I'm not working on those days.

    I'm hoping you are not currently working as a helper, because if you still are, it's just showed that you have rather bad work ethics by writing on this forum when you are supposed to be working for your employer. Even you had some bad experience with some employers, I believe it takes two hands to clap after all.

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    HK2008 - how do you know that she is meant to be working? Perhaps she has a day off....perhaps her employer allows her to use the internet. Perhaps she is at an internet cafe. It's a bit rich to accuse her of having a poor work ethic just because she's (a) posted and (b) dared to say that some helpers have had bad situations with expat employers. Others have had bad situations with Chinese/Indian/Martian employers. Employers have also had bad luck with Filippina/Thai/Sri Lankan etc helpers.

    Attack the argument - not the poster!

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