Rest day for your maid
As an employer, you are responsible for the health and well-being of your maid. You must provide for rest days, proper accommodation, adequate medical care and safe work conditions according to MOM regulation.
Effective from 1 January 2013, all employment contracts (including renewals of contract) are to include a mandatory weekly rest-day for domestic workers.
Employers who fail to do so would be in breach of the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations. The current maximum penalty for a breach of the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations is a fine of up to S$5,000 and/ or a jail term of up to 6 months.
You and your maid must mutually agree on which day of the week she should take the rest day. To avoid disputes, both of you should have this agreement in writing.
We would encourage employers to sign employment contract that makes clear the rest day arrangement that employers and maids have mutually agreed upon in line with the new Employment of Foreign Manpower Regulations (EFMR). The maid‘s days off do not necessarily have to fall on Sundays. But MOM recommends that employer should clearly state this and the rest days agreed upon in a written agreement for reference in case any disputes arise at a later point.
If there is no valid employment contract, the rest day arrangement would follow the rest day requirements as stated in the EFMR.
Public holiday regulations for FDW’s in Singapore
The maids are not covered by the Employment Act, your terms and conditions of employment will be according to your employment contract. Foreign domestic helpers are not entitled to Public Holidays.
Nevertheless, employers can make the choice to offer public holidays following the Employment Act of Singapore. In this case, the employment contract must clearly mention that your maid is entitled to a cumulative of 11 paid public holidays a year. Based on this agreement, if the employer requires the services of the worker on the public holidays with their due consent, they are supposed to pay an extra day’s salary to the worker as compensation or grant a day off within the same month.
If the signed employment contract of the FDW is including to offer public holidays, the 11 paid public holidays are the following:
- New Year
- Good Friday
- Labor Day
- Vesak Day
- National Day of Singapore
- Chinese New Year – first day
- Chinese New Year – second day
- Hari Raya Puasa
- Hari Raya Haji
If your maid agrees to work on her rest day, you must compensate her with one of the following:
1、At least 1 day’s daily wage. the maid’s daily wage is calculated by dividing her monthly salary by 26 working days.
Note: This is an additional payment and is not counted into the maid’s basic salary.
To help families who hire maids to care for young children, elderly and disabled family members, the Government has given a FDW Levy concession of $300 per month to such employers. These families pay a concessionary levy of $60 instead of the full FDW levy of $300.（FDW Levy concession：See other articles on this page）