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HELPERS HELP please

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    lalila is offline Registered User
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    HELPERS HELP please

    HI all we are new to this live in helper and wondered if you can help answer a few questions i have

    How much is a live in helper ?
    How much holiday are they entitled to?
    How often do you have to pay for a ticket home for them
    How much is there health insurance
    Are there any other fees to pay for them?
    Who organises the contract or where do we get this from if we do not use an agency?
    Is there a trial period allowed?
    Also do they have set hours or do we agree on this at interview hiring stage?
    Are there any tasks they dont do?


    Sorry lots of questions but its all so new to us many thanks

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    Hi,

    Have a read through the Gov't Guide which should answer most of your questions

    http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/public/wcp/FDHguide.pdf

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    Many of the questions you have posed can be answered here:
    The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - Immigration Department

    What is written there is the law. Some people break the law (pay less, make them work more etc) but this is illegal and in my opinion also immoral.

    HC

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    Hi Lalila
    Both Rani and HC have directed you to good websites.

    My only other thought would be, in order for the relationship to be successful, to communicate regularly. Write down your instructions, and set times to have "meetings" to discuss what is working, areas of confusion and what needs to be cleared up/changed.

    Good luck.

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    As you are new in this area, let me extend dimsum mum's advice with a few tidbits from me:
    If you treat them like slaves, you will get bad treatment in return.
    If you treat them like workers, you will get decent work but not much else.
    If you treat them like family, you will get treated as one of their own.

    To each his own, but we decided to treat our helpers like family and in turn : Just last weekend we were in Cebu attending a big wedding to celebrate the marriage of one of helpers close relatives. Our 3 kids were part of the wedding party and they loved it.

    Our 2 helpers have been with us for close to 10 years and they love and respect us as much as we love and respect them.

    HC

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