Stem misuse of maids

A foreign domestic worker is supposed to work in the household of the employer who secured her work permit.

But in practice, many employers ask their maids to clean their offices or work in their business establishments, including at food stalls, in addition to household work.

Some are also made to work as sales girls and cashiers in their employers' businesses.

Some employers are not even aware that such practices are in violation of manpower regulations, and can attract heavy fines and jail terms.

In some cases, the employer applies for the permit and the maid is allowed to do part-time cleaning work in multiple households and earn her salary.

In some cases, the employer applies for the permit and the maid is allowed to do part-time cleaning work in multiple households and earn her salary.

In extreme cases, the employer collects some money from the maid for offering this service, and the maid is also given the responsibility of arranging the levy payment.

The Government should crack down on this and punish both parties.

N. Nagesh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2016, with the headline 'Stem misuse of maids'. Print Edition | Subscribe