How long is the duration of my maid's scheduled day off?

How long is the duration of my maid's scheduled day off?

To ensure your maid obtains sufficient mental and physical rest, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) recommends granting her one scheduled day off per week. However, if your maid agrees to work on her rest days, you are required to compensate her with at least one day’s salary.

Employers frequently ask about the process of calculating one day’s salary for compensation when the maid works on her day off. The calculation is simple: divide your helper’s monthly basic salary by 26 days to ascertain the daily rate that must be paid as compensation.

What topics should be addressed before your maid selects her preferred day off?

Arrangements for Your Maid’s Rest Days

Selecting the Designated Rest Day

The rest day does not necessarily have to fall on a Sunday. Coordinate schedules to choose a day that suits both parties. Establish Departure and Return Times:

While there is no strict rule, ensure your maid has sufficient time for rest, ideally around 8 consecutive hours, following MOM guidelines. Plan for Rest Day Activities:

If she opts to stay at home, she should avoid work-related tasks. If she chooses to go out, she is free to spend the day as she pleases. However, it’s essential to remind her that engaging in additional work, known as moonlighting, is prohibited according to Singapore regulations.

To avoid conflicts between you and your maid, it is strongly recommended to document your agreement regarding her days off.

On her initial day off, provide clear directions for navigating to her destination and returning home.

This guidance is particularly beneficial if she is unfamiliar with transportation in Singapore or your neighborhood. It helps her orient herself and plan her day, ensuring she can return home at the agreed-upon time.

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