The process of hiring a maid in Malaysia, especially a foreign one, can be quite complicated. What rights are they entitled to? Do I need to give them a rest day? What sort of tasks can I assign to them? How do I legally hire a maid?
You can now get all your questions answered with the launch of the Guidelines and Tips for Employers of Foreign Domestic Helpers handbook, which was jointly prepared by the Human Resources Ministry and the International Labour Organisation.
The comprehensive guidebook is divided into three sections:
2. Creating a happy and harmonious home with my foreign domestic helper
3. Communications, cultural issues, relationships and skills building
It also includes a sample contract of employment, a listing of useful contact numbers for legal advice and support services, and a reprint of Parts XI and XII in the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) which cover domestic servants and working on rest days.
Some major stipulations are that foreign domestic workers cannot be asked to help out with the owner’s businesses, cannot be required to perform life-threatening tasks such as roofing or climbing trees, must be given a rest day or be properly compensated and must have and understand a contract of employment among others.
The handbook is available for free on the Human Resources Ministry’s website.