The Straits Times
Published on Dec 13, 2012

Employers need a day off too


WHILE I agree that maids should have a day off weekly, the problem arises when they care for employers who are wheelchair-bound or whose family members include frail seniors.

While employers are prepared to compensate maids for working on their days off, the law should not be imposed in such a way that it becomes a penalty to make them work on rest days.

It is ironic to trade an employer's weekend day of rest for a maid's day off. Many employers work six days a week and if they are forced to give their maids a day off, employers will have none.

Chan Chee Seng