21 Jun '11, 3am

Do you think maids should get a mandatory day off a week?

I welcome the statement by Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Halimah Yacob that we should consider legislation entitling maids to a day off every week. Many employers have cited concerns about negative external influences and resultant bad behaviour as well as them depending on maids too much to afford more days off. On the first concern, we do need to recognise that much of the employer's reluctance to give maids days off stems from Ministry of Manpower policies that place the burden of responsibility on the employer should the maid, for example, get pregnant or run away. This is something the ministry should review, if it is committed to higher labour standards and protecting more vulnerable workers. Employers, like those in many industries, should not be held responsible for an employee's activities outside of designated work hours. Domestic ...

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