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New rules for hiring Myanmar maids cover minimum monthly wage, day off

Published on Mar 24, 2014 8:15 AM
Retiree Dorice Cheong, 58, interviewing potential Myanmar maid Thin Waddy, 23, on Skype at a maid agency. Myanmar maids are the fastest growing group of domestic workers here. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

After years of not actively enforcing what it once regarded as an illicit cross-boundary trade, Myanmar has legalised the export of maids and drawn up rules to better protect its women abroad.

The rules have been communicated to agents in Singapore in recent weeks, three of which will affect employers here.

First, Myanmar maids must receive a minimum monthly wage of $450.

Second, they must get at least a day off in a month, according to Myanmar newspaper reports.

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