Pay maids' salaries through Giro

It is a tricky issue when a maid's salary is unpaid for some time because of an employer's serious illness ("Employer in coma, maid unpaid since October"; yesterday).

Perhaps the authorities could consider getting employers to pay their maids through Giro.

This will ensure that there are no hiccups if an employer suddenly develops a serious long-term illness and is unable to pay the maid's salary.

For these foreign workers' accounts, banks could do away with the requirement of maintaining a daily average of $500.

Ada Chan Siew Foen (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2016, with the headline 'Pay maids' salaries through Giro'. Print Edition | Subscribe