Convicted employers are banned from hiring maids, but some get around rule

Migrant worker rights groups say the ban is a good deterrent, since the consequences are felt by the entire household. However, some want better enforcement of the ban, while others note that the key is to ensure domestic helpers have access to help
Migrant worker rights groups say the ban is a good deterrent, since the consequences are felt by the entire household. However, some want better enforcement of the ban, while others note that the key is to ensure domestic helpers have access to help if they face difficulties.TNP FILE PHOTO

Rule covers abusive employers and household members, but some may be getting a new maid by relying on extended family

A little-known Ministry of Manpower (MOM) rule bans abusive employers - and all their household members - from ever hiring maids again.

Between 2016 and last year, the ministry has permanently banned about 20 convicted abusers per year from hiring foreign domestic workers (FDWs).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Convicted employers are banned from hiring maids, but some get around rule'. Print Edition | Subscribe