Thursday, April 4, 2013

New MOM rules - Don't risk a $30K fine by using illegal helpers!

From 1 January 2013, the Ministry of Manpower has introduced new rules and guidance regarding Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW's). With a priority on ensuring FDW's are given a weekly rest day to allow for a proper emotional and physical break from work.

The guidelines also cover detailed information on illegal maids moonlighting by doing additional jobs such as cleaning homes and penalties that will be enforced on employers and maids who infringe these regulations, such as:

- FDWs who moonlight on their rest days are committing an offence and can be fined up to $20,000 and/or jailed up to 2 years. They may also be barred from employment in Singapore.

- Employers will be committing an offence if they use the services of FDWs who have not been approved to work for them. These employers can be fined up to $30,000 or jailed up to 1 year or both.

- You should not allow your FDW to moonlight or facilitate your FDW’s illegal employment. Employers who are caught doing so can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to 1 year, or both.

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