• Sat
  • Oct 25, 2014
  • Updated: 12:27am

Live-in Rule

Scrap live-in rule for maids, say advocacy groups

The government should scrap the mandatory live-in rule and cap working hours for foreign domestic workers, according to advocacy groups.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:47am

Gender equality in Hong Kong comes at the expense of foreign domestic workers

Early last month, a group of foreign domestic helpers protested against the requirement that they live with their employers. PathFinders, an organisation that works with distressed migrant workers, says the live-in arrangement puts helpers on an uneven footing with their employers and permits abuse. This comes on top of their "minimum allowable wage" of HK$3,920 per month, low by Hong Kong standards, and other poor treatment.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am

Help the helper

I would not have believed when I first moved here that a person would live with and work for me six days a week. But we live in a strange place where a full-time domestic helper costs less than a part-time one.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am 2 comments

Relaxing maids' live-in rule means less room for conflict

Having to live in close quarters explains a lot of weird and violent things that people do to each other in Hong Kong. That includes those foreign maids who have to live day in, day out with families they don't get along with. This is why the demand by a group of domestic helpers that the government should relax the mandatory live-in rule makes perfect sense.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:02am 9 comments