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      Yes, from 8 September 2021.  Employers can agree to share SHN costs for the transfer of a migrant domestic worker (MDW). What are the criteria for cost-sharing? As an employer, you must  - have paid the costs of your Migrant Domestic Worker’s (MDW’s) stay at a dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facility and her related Covid-19 tests  - not have received any waiver of SHN Costs from the Government of Singapore - not have received from your MDW any part of the SHN costs for any reasons whatsoever - be transferring your MDW to a..
As Singapore reopens, many places or events will require you to show the proof of vaccination or a negative pre event test result. Hence, If you are thinking of bring your maid along, or if your maid would be visiting such places, you will need to know where to obtain the vaccine certificate. Let us show you how. Your maid will need to apply for a Singpass account for the access of her vaccination details with the Trace-Together App, visit for a step by step guide on how you can obtain this. 1. Ensure your Ma..
Does Age Matter when Employing a Maid in Singapore? Absolutely, yes.  Depending on the reason for hiring your helper, here are some important age-related factors you could consider:  1. What is your family’s primary need to be met, in hiring your helper?  If your reason for Hiring a Maid is caring for a newborn, a helper with age could come with more experience, especially when she has had experience taking care of other children of similar ages throughout her course of work overseas. However, if you are alright to hire a younger helper who has had taken..
Can My Maid In Singapore Register For Covid-19 Vaccination? The answer is Yes! Covid-19 vaccination for PRs and long-term pass holders aged between 12 and 39 years old, including foreign domestic workers, already started on Wednesday (June 30, 2021). Many helpers look after the young or elderly they could be more vulnerable to illness from Covid-19 virus. Some of these care recipients are also amongst those that might be ineligible for vaccination. Hence, getting our Maids In Singapore shielded against the Covid-19 virus is extremely crucial.&nbs..
Terminating my helper’s contract. Should I transfer or send her home?  Some things to consider before you make your final decision:  1. Think through your reason(s) for termination of your helper’s contract. Should your family still require a helper, is there any possibility of continuing with the current employment? If yes, why or why not?  2. Confirm that you will be terminating your helper’s contract.  3. Understand the costs of hiring a new helper at this point in time, should you require a helper.  4. Mutually agree on how..
Can my Maid go out for off day during Singapore’s Phase 2?  Even as we enter into Phase 2 Heightened Alert (HA) with regards to the Covid-19 situation in Singapore, your Maid is still allowed to go out on her rest day. Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended that Employers discuss the ongoing situation with their Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) to reach a consensus to stay home during this Heightent Alert period. Any of the 4 off days not taken must be compensated base on the per day salary computation (basic salary / 26 days).    ..
6 Important Questions about Maid Insurance 1. Do I need to buy medical insurance for my helper?  The answer is YES: You need to buy medical and personal accident insurance for your helper.  This is by law in Singapore, and this Maid Insurance policy has to be in effect before your helper arrives in Singapore, as part of your medical obligations to her.  Likewise, if she is a transfer helper, the policy has to be purchased and in effect before she is deployed to your house to work.  Please note that as an employer, you must not pass on the cost of purchas..
Do You Allow Your Maid To Keep Her Handphone? While Mobile Phones help many helpers to keep connected to our families and loved ones, the misuse of it can be worrying. From over-usage to taking photos and videos within employer’s residential premise, here are 6 possible ways to deal with the issue at hand: mobile phone usage. 1. Mutually agree on a reasonable time for phone usage Some helpers may need to call their families daily, for example if they do have young kids back in their home country. Other helpers are perfectly fine with an arrangement to call their families ..
To ensure that your maid gets enough mental and physical rest, MOM recommends that you should allow her to have one regular rest day per week.  However if your maid expressly agrees to work on her rest days, you as an employer must compensate her with at least one day’s salary. Many employers ask, how do I calculate one day’s salary for compensation-in-lieu of working on her rest day? Simply divide your helper’s monthly basic salary by 26 days and that is the per day salary that has to be compensated to her.  Should your maid choose to take rest..
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The above are essential questions to be answered before hiring a maid in our current times! Previously, the Government of Singapore bore all COVID-19 medical bills for helpers unless they left Singapore from 27 Mar 2020 (despite the prevailing travel advisory then).  Since 1 January 2021, the ruling has changed.    Depending on the period of which your helper contracts COVID-19, the following applies: 1. From 1 January 2021 onwards, if your maid develops COVID-19 symptoms or contracts COVID-19 during her Stay home notice (SHN) period, the Government of Singapore ..
Hiring a Maid in Singapore can mean extra time with the kids or our parents and having the flexibility to re-adjust our schedules whenever we need to. Amidst keeping abreast of our careers, handling our kids, providing the necessary time for caregiving, running a household, simply trying to keep up with errands and handling life’s curveballs, hiring a maid can be a huge help to just anyone indeed.  Hence, interviewing a Domestic Helper is a crucial step (and probably the most important one) in selecting a good maid that is loyal and trusted for your family. Many of..
Is adapting to the circuit breaker getting more challenging? Are you looking for a new helper during this Phase 2 period?  Employers will need to know that due to current situations, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has meted out that all employers are to undertake additional responsibilities should they wish to bring a new helper into Singapore for employment. Getting an FDW process Procedures remains the same whereby Island Maids will arrange interviews for you with prospective FDWs that you wish to hire. Island Maids will also help to apply and submit your IPA for MOM approval.&..
ARE TRANSFER MAIDS A BAD CHOICE?  Due to the rise in dual-income families, an aging population, rising living costs and urban lifestyle expectations in Singapore, hiring a maid is no longer a luxury for many, but instead a necessity. Following the news in Singapore, demand for transfer maids have also been on the rapid rise in recent years, especially so in the current covid-19 situation that has hit home hard. The question arises: Are transfer maids a bad choice?  Exactly who are transfer maids? Transfer maids refer to Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) who are curren..

Maid Agencies in Singapore are not considered essential services. Thus, a common question surface amongst many employers who have engaged their services during circuit breaker: are maid agencies open during circuit breaker? The answer is Yes. Even though maid agencies are not considered essential services and hence their stores have to be closed during this circuit breaker, maid agencies are still allowed to operate and work from home to serve the everyday needs of their current portfolio of employers and foreign domestic workers (FDWs).

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