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Can I terminate my helper while she's on annual leave?

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    bendou is offline Registered User
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    Can I terminate my helper while she's on annual leave?

    After my helper left for home, I discovered that she had taken a bunch of my stuff (jewellry I haven't worn in a long time). I would like to terminate her right away. Am I legally bound to wait for her to come back and terminate her face to face or can I terminate her when she's still on leave? Thanks in advance.

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    AndreaSB is offline Registered User
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    Can't answer your question but, if she took your stuff she might not be planning to come back....

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    AmyH is offline Registered User
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    I am unsure of the answer but I would suggest that you firstly call the police and file a report of the missing items, then call the labour department/immigration to get advice from them on the matter.

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    If you file a police report, you can actually terminate without notice as she has stolen from you. She can counter the argument and file a claim for that one month's salary in lieu, all you have to do is go the allocated appointment which the Labour Department will give you and pay. We had a helper who stole but we found out after the fact that we didn't need to pay her!
    “If you want to get to the castle, you’ve got to swim the moat.” Richard Jenkins in Eat Pray Love

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    TheQuasimother is offline Registered User
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    And oh, yes. You can terminate her while she is on leave. So long as she is not on medical leave or pregnant.
    “If you want to get to the castle, you’ve got to swim the moat.” Richard Jenkins in Eat Pray Love

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