Knowledge is power.
Whilst it is not a guarantee for protection, knowing your rights is the first step in protecting yourself from being taken advantage of. In Hong Kong, the employment of foreign domestic workers is regulated by the Government. The standard foreign domestic worker contract is very specific regarding many aspects of employment, such as the amount of pay, living conditions, medical benefits, where you should work, the nature of your work and other details. It is very important for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong to know their legal rights and responsibilities. The best place to start is by reading the contract carefully. Both domestic worker and employer are bound by the contract and either party who breaches the terms may be liable to pay compensation to the other party.
The Employment Ordinance (Chapter 57, Laws of Hong Kong) is the main piece of legislation governing employments in Hong Kong. It covers many areas of employment protection and benefits for employees. The Employment Ordinance sets minimum entitlements for employees.
- Employment Agency Issues
- Understanding Your Contract
- Protecting Yourself
- Establishing a Positive Relationship with Your Employer
- Abusive Situations
- Hong Kong Customs, Taboos, and Superstitions
- Common Questions