'fraid I've got to agree with Sonar, you are evading the question.
What needs to be done and have the maid voluntarily ask the employer to hold the passport for safekeeping. Otherwise, Sonar is 100% right. Does it matter if he employs a maid or not? The question is only the legality, not what is practiced.
I still would like to know Sonar's answer ..
http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/ ... fault.aspx
There is nothing from MOM to say whether the employer can hold the passport or not, and holding the passport is not the same as "CONFISCATING" or "WRONGFUL CONFINEMENT" ... says my 2 cents brain.
And there is a big difference between safekeeping it and confiscating it .. (I know .. I know .. one of my own former maids lost her passport not once, but twice, and each time, the pressure was on me to do the paperwork at the embassy, and a cool 380 $ from my pocket, as, not having done it means I am gonna look at the jail house rock for having a maid without her passport, on top of agency fee to update the MOM etc. etc... so, what should I do ? deduct from her measly pay or Pay and Pay up ??? As a sensible person, with 2 cents moral fiber, I did pay out of my pocket, not once, but twice, till I told her that either I keep it, or she finds another employer ... )
Within Singapore, for a simple question: why does the maid need her passport ? her WP is sufficient for anything and everything
If the maid implicitly says she needs to travel, again, my 2 cents suggestion, as a former employer of maids, the maid should find a job that allows her to travel overseas .. and all.
Or absolve the employer of any legal/medical/compensation, when she want to go overseas ..
Yes, I know .. I have rehashed my past experience in detail, hence my new found interest to know if those who demand rights (not just maids, but for anything) have any personal experience about what they are talking about .. or just like to stir up the pot ..
Like a former boss of mine, who was running a small farm overseas, encountered: he cleared the land, put up a farm, and employed 30 people, and paid them twice as much more than they were getting paid in a nearby sugar mill.. and which all the efficiency drive, he was literally subsidising the farm every month by about 3,000 $ to 5,000 $ simply because he didn't have the heart to shut it down and let the workers go hungry ..
Along came an American NGO, and decided, though there are bigger evils around, my former boss' should be paying twice the salary, and incited the workers to strike .. and strike did they start ... and started spinning stories that the workers were being 'forced' to work and this and that ..
The employer/investor, took one good look around, and then decided that doing good and helping people only brings pain .. and with a calculator, was calculating, that with the current ROI, he will take another 10 years to even see some money, and he never regretted pumping in money, including the times the farm was washed over by storm .. and decided to wind down the place, and closed it.
Well, the NGO has filed cases against the employer, demanding that the farm be started back and more money be sunk etc. etc. etc .. last I checked, other than the said NGO's staff all travelling around in SUVs, the farm workers, who are occupying the defunct farm, hoping that the boss will come back or be forced to pay up (i.e. force to loose money in restarting the farm .. ) and the workers are in a worse state than they were before ..
I know I digress, but, of late, I been having a keen interest to know about the armchair critics ..
No SMS, not you .. but the other preachers
No love lost I hope and pray ..