Date Posted: 14/02/2023 Posted By: Steve
In Hong Kong, Valentine's Day is a time to show appreciation for those who make a positive difference in your life. This is especially true for domestic helpers in Hong Kong, who often take on the role of a friend, confidante, and caretaker for those they serve. To show your appreciation, here are some thoughtful ways to celebrate your helper this Valentine's Day.
These are just a few ways to show appreciation for your domestic helper this Valentine's Day. You can make your helper feel appreciated and valued with some thought and effort. -Send your helper flowers and a card.
-Give them some time off on Valentine's Day to talk with their family or significant other.
Here are some suggestions for making Valentine's Day special for your Domestic Helper - we hope you enjoy these, and Happy Valentine's Day!
In Hong Kong, Domestic helpers are entitled to 13 days of statutory holidays yearly, including special occasions like Chinese New Year, Easter, and Christmas. Unfortunately, Valentine's Day is not one of these statutory holidays. This means that domestic helpers in Hong Kong are not legally entitled to take the Day off to celebrate Valentine's Day.
However, employers may give their helpers the Day off on Valentine's Day or any other day. It is essential to check with your employer and confirm in advance if they will be providing time off on Valentine's Day.
Domestic helpers in Hong Kong should also be aware that they are legally entitled to other types of leave, such as annual and sick leave. For more information on statutory holidays and other types of leave in Hong Kong, please refer to the official website of the Labour Department of the Hong Kong Government.
As a community, we can unite to make Valentine's Day a statutory holiday for domestic helpers in Hong Kong. It's time to show our support and appreciation for the hard work and dedication of domestic helpers in our city. Let's make Valentine's Day a day for everyone to celebrate!
To make this happen, we need to contact the Labour Department of the Hong Kong Government. To suggest making Valentine's Day a statutory holiday for domestic helpers in Hong Kong, please visit the official website of the Labour Department and email your suggestion.
Let's make Valentine's Day a day for all domestic helpers in Hong Kong to enjoy and show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication!
So let's make it one! Here's how...
The term "statutory holiday" refers to a day off work legally required by law.
Hong Kong has 16 statutory holidays for all employees under the Employment Ordinance (EO). These include New Year's Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day. However, there are no statutory holidays for domestic helpers working in Hong Kong for less than one year. This means that if you hire a new domestic helper this Valentine's Day. She wants to take her first Day off on February 14th - which happens to be her birthday - then you must pay her full salary even though she didn't work at all! That's unfair!
It's time we made Valentine's Day an official holiday so everyone can enjoy this special occasion with their loved ones without worrying about getting paid!
Domestic help is an invaluable resource for families in Hong Kong, providing assistance with childcare, elderly care, and cleaning. They are a critical part of everyday life, making it easier for families to manage their responsibilities. We should be thankful for the hard work and dedication of domestic helpers, who are the backbone of many Hong Kong households. Despite their hard work, however, domestic helpers lack legal protection, recognition, access to healthcare and other benefits. They are often subjected to low wages and long working hours.
Domestic helpers contribute to the economy by providing services that enable working parents to continue earning an income while caring for their families at home. In addition to helping with childcare, they often provide other valuable services such as driving children to school or taking them on outings during school holidays.
Domestic workers provide opportunities for women who have left their jobs due to pregnancy or childbirth to return to employment after giving birth. They also offer companionship to older adults, which helps to reduce loneliness among this age group.
In Hong Kong, domestic helpers are often subjected to low wages and long working hours. They also lack legal protection, recognition, healthcare access, and other benefits.
Hong Kong has around 300,000 foreign domestic workers (FDWs), mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines. In recent years, we noticed an increase in the number of FDWs who come from Nepal because they have fewer working visa restrictions than other countries.
As a society, we're becoming increasingly mindful of the need to respect and honour the contributions of domestic helpers. And yet, despite all their hard work, domestic helpers continue to be undervalued in our society.
The holidays celebrating Valentine's Day or Mother's Day are not statutory holidays for domestic helpers. This means that even though most people would like to spend time with their loved ones on these days, they must still go to work if they want to earn an income. This puts them at a disadvantage compared with other professionals who have dedicated time off from work on these special occasions. It also prevents many families from celebrating together because some members may have no choice but to work. In contrast, others do not have this option available due to financial constraints or other reasons such as illness or childcare issues (for example).
You can make Valentine's Day a statutory holiday for domestic helpers by following these steps:
The role of the Labour Department in making Valentine's Day a statutory holiday for domestic helpers
The Labour Department is responsible for deciding whether or not to make Valentine's Day a statutory holiday for domestic helpers. If you are interested in having this Day declared as such, don't hesitate to get in touch with them directly at [email protected]
After contacting them, they will look into your request and let you know if they can grant it.
Making Valentine's Day a statutory holiday would benefit domestic helpers and society in the following ways:
We hope this article has provided valuable insight into the need for a statutory holiday for domestic helpers in Hong Kong and how we can help make it a reality.
Domestic workers play an important role in society, providing essential services to families and individuals in need. In Hong Kong, domestic workers enable more women to return to employment after giving birth while also providing companionship to older adults, reducing loneliness among this age group. However, these workers face significant challenges, from low wages to a lack of rights and protections.
Let's make Valentine's Day a statutory holiday. This will increase the support offered by the Labour Department and to better educate the public about the essential role domestic workers play in our society. By doing so, we can ensure that domestic workers are given the rights and protections they deserve. We thank you for taking the time to read this article. We wish you and your domestic helper (and her family) a delighted Valentine's Day in 2023, when we can all celebrate together. If we all work together, we can make this a reality and give domestic helpers the recognition they deserve.