How To Better Protect And Improve Attitudes To Domestic Helpers In SingaporeUnited Channel
Can’t get around your household chores or simply dread doing housework?
Over the years, the domestic workers in Singapore have become an integral part to the smooth running of many Singaporean households. They pick up the children, fetch them from school, accompany their elderly charges to the hospital and keep homes tidy, among their many roles.
The domestic helper in Singapore job’s scope largely revolves around domestic chores, but there are no strict guidelines as to what falls within this scope.
Caring for your child might be considered a domestic chore, but is caring for unwell children still considered so, or would that be crossing into nursing?
The bottom line is that no domestic helpers in Singapore should be forced to do something that she is either untrained to do or does not feel comfortable doing.
How to improve attitudes and better protect domestic helpers in Singapore?
One way of improving attitudes and reward the domestic helpers in Singapore is to recognise the skills that good domestic workers take care of the household and the standard of food they prepare to bring to the table, and compensate them accordingly
The other is from Oct 1 this year, the law stipulates that personal accident insurance for domestic helpers in Singapore must cover any sudden, unforeseen and unexpected incident that results in permanent disability or death.
Employers will need to buy personal accident insurance policies with coverage of at least $60,000, up from the current $40,000. The coverage across insurers will also be standardised to ensure that all domestic helpers in Singapore receive the same protection throughout their employment in Singapore.
The changes will help employers better protect their Singapore domestic helper at a slight increase in premiums, and give them greater peace of mind. With an improving attitudes and better protection for the domestic helpers in Singapore, hopefully, these changes will further facilitate a harmonious working relationship between employers and their foreign domestic helpers in Singapore.
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