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Some factors to keep in mind when hiring a helper


Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am

A legal thicket

Labour experts and legislators have called on the government to provide for a contractual probation period and discretionary power for employers to terminate a contract in exceptional circumstances such as pregnancy and terminal illness.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Don't link devotion to PR status

I am writing in response to Winky Lai Wing-ki's article, 'Farewell to days of love and faithfulness' (Young Post, December 8). She recalls the days of ma jie and how faithful and loving these women were.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Unions to poll maids on HK ambitions

A coalition of foreign domestic helper unions is launching a survey to find out how many maids plan to stay in Hong Kong permanently.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

No residency for domestic helpers

The issue of whether foreign domestic helpers should be granted permanent residency has been in the news lately.

I think they should definitely not receive permanent residency status, although they have contributed a lot to our society.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Help at hand for domestic helpers

Overseas domestic helpers are common in Hong Kong. They help us clean our homes, cook dinner and look after our children.

But have there been times when you get frustrated that things are not done right?

Perhaps dinner wasn't to your liking, or that stain on your new shirt has still not been removed.

13 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Helping hands for mothers

The majority of new mothers anticipate sleepless nights, breastfeeding difficulties and crying fits of a newborn, but many are unprepared for the challenges of hiring and managing a helper to care for their baby.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

A civilised society will protect all its members from abuse

I read with interest the letters in these columns that seem to doubt the abuse of domestic helpers in Hong Kong.

I believe a country is civilised when it treats its most vulnerable members with dignity and respect. One writer said she had witnessed abuse in England. I believe her.

Why does she find it so hard to believe it exists here also?

21 May 2009 - 12:00am

Domestic helper policies are institutionalised discrimination

Racial discrimination dies slowly, but its demise can be hastened by revised laws and policies. The demonstration on April 5 indicated the frustration of foreign domestic helpers, but was wrongly attributed to one person's indiscreet remarks. Actually, official policy encourages discrimination.

13 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Some foreign domestic helpers in HK are treated like slaves

I fully agree with Mary Ann Benitez ('Rough justice', August 20) that the two-week rule for overseas domestic helpers ['the period in which they must find a new job after their contract is up, or leave Hong Kong'] is an appalling policy that benefits no one except bad employers.

28 Aug 2008 - 12:00am


Drastic changes needed to save environment

Martin Brinkley says that, 'plastic bag manufacturers, instead of whingeing with their fingers in the dyke, should read the writing on the wall' ('Anti-plastic bag levy lobby must learn to live in the 21st century', July 29).

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Job losses

At least seven domestic helpers have been sacked since the government decided to suspend the maids' levy from September 1. Should officials implement the levy suspension at once? Write to us.

22 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


What do you think about the food labelling law?

As a long-time resident of the city who buys the most nutritious foods possible for my family, I am greatly concerned about the government's proposed nutrition labelling law.

If I understand the issue correctly, any product with a nutritional claim will have to follow the new law.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Dangerous potion created when helpers assume parental duties

I would like to thank Theresa Cunanan ('My Wonder Girl and a quest for justice against racist remarks', May 23) for taking the time to speak to her nine-year-old daughter's teacher about making racist remarks in the classroom.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am

Maid to mother

School's out and the pavement is filled with women waiting to grab a child, take his bag and walk him home. Is this woman your mum? Or someone else?

In many cases, she's your mum. Yet in Hong Kong's hardworking two-job households, she may very well turn out to be a domestic helper.

Do children ever confuse the two?

16 Feb 2007 - 12:00am