I don't know if this is a common problem... but my helper wants me to give her only part of her monthly salary ($250) now. She wants me to keep the rest of her salary ($150) until the end of the year. Apparently she has a habit of spending all her money at hand, and she wants to save enough money to buy her children a laptop! From what I have read and understood of MOM rules, it is illegal for me to keep any part of her payments... so do you guys have any suggestion?
Also, when and how much annual bonus do you give your helper? She just started working for me this month. I gave her $50 as bonus for an Indian festival last weekend. I am also planning to give her $50 each for 3 other Indian festivals and her birthday this year.
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I believe part of the $250 is used to send home for her family, and not for her own material needs. In Singapore standard $250 is nothing, even a good shoes cost you more.
It is wrong to keep your maid's money however in your case, since she is willing to let you keep it , then keep it.
Like the other said, open an account in her name, and deposit the amount every month. Keep the passbook but update her from time to time to let her know that you are depositing her money in her account.
Put the agreement in writing in case there will be a misunderstanding in the future . You will never know when your relationship with her turns ugly and report you to the MOM saying you are keeping her money
So just be cautious!!
About the extras...normally maids gets equivalent to a month salary every end of the year. For those who works for Chinese they get hong-bao on chinese new year. Some ang moh's are known to be more generous, they give extra money whenever there are parties or relatives coming over to stay plus the generous presents. I know some ang moh employer who even donate used adult/kids clothing ,shoes and toys for the helper's relatives and pay for the shipment.