Rights and Responsibilities: An Insight into the Lives of Foreign Domestic Helpers.

The plight of Foreign domestic helper (外傭)is often overlooked and ignored. We tend to think of them as simply people who come to work in our homes and take care of our families, but we forget about their rights and responsibilities. FDHs are an integral part of many households in different parts of the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East. They work long hours and often face abuse and exploitation at the hands of their employers. This blog post aims to provide insight into the lives of FDHs and their rights and responsibilities.

Employment Contract

Most FDHs sign a standard employment contract when they are hired. This agreement outlines their duties and responsibilities, as well as their working hours, salary, and other benefits. Employers are required to provide their FDHs with a copy of this contract. It is essential to keep a copy of this document and refer to it if there are any disputes later on.

Working Hours and Rest Days

FDHs are entitled to a minimum of one rest day per week. Employers are required to give their FDHs their rest day or compensate them if they are required to work on their day off. FDHs should have at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.

Minimum Wage

FDHs are entitled to a minimum wage, which varies from country to country. In Hong Kong, FDHs are entitled to a minimum wage of HKD 4,630 per month, while in Singapore, they are entitled to a minimum wage of SGD 550 per month. Employers are required to pay their FDHs on time and in full.

Living Accommodation

In most cases, employers are required to provide living accommodation for their FDHs. The accommodation should be safe, clean, and have basic amenities such as a bed, wardrobe, and a place to store their belongings. Employers should respect their FDHs’ privacy and provide them with a space to rest and relax after work.

Health and Safety

Employers are responsible for ensuring that their FDHs work in a safe and healthy environment. This includes providing them with adequate food, drinking water, and access to medical care if they fall ill. Employers should also provide their FDHs with safety equipment and training if they are required to perform hazardous tasks at work.


In conclusion, FDHs have rights and responsibilities that employers must respect. FDHs often leave their families and homes to come and work in different countries to support their loved ones back home. By providing them with a safe and fair working environment, we can ensure that they are able to carry out their duties without fear of exploitation or abuse. As a community, it is our responsibility to uphold the rights of FDHs and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect.

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