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7 Signs of a Bad Employer of Domestic Helpers

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Domestic workers are among the lowest-paid sectors among overseas Filipino workers. Many of them are not aware of their rights and privileges, so they are subjected to abuse and maltreatment. If placement agencies abuse them by charging excessive fees, their employers could also take advantage of them. Let’s understand what the common signs of a bad employer are.

Asks you to clean the house on your day off.

You may consider yourself lucky you’re given a day off, as many domestic workers don’t have this right. But if before you go out of the house, you’ll be asked to cook breakfast and tend the children, and wash dishes when you arrive at night. Employers need to be aware that technically, you’re given 24 hours of free time, but even at a shorter time than this (9 am until 9 pm) some employers bother to ask their helpers to do household chores.

Do not leave food allowance when going away.

Some employers fail to be sensitive to the needs of their helpers. When they’re away on vacation, they fail (or refuse) to leave food allowance or cash for the helper’s consumption in their absence.

They do not include helpers when ordering food.

Sometimes when the family goes out, the helper who also serves as a nanny to the kids is often asked to join. However, when it’s time to eat and order at a restaurant, the helper is left to tend the child (spoon-feed, arrange the high chair, etc.) and left out in the dining. It would be fine if she’s going to eat after attending to her tasks, but sometimes they’re only going to share food with the kid. Worse, they’re not included in the food order.

Picky with money.

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To deter abuse, employers make it a point to ask for a receipt to validate the amount spent on the household worker’s grocery tasks. But some employers become overly picky, and even on the smallest of items bought at the wet market, they ask for receipts. Also, some employers are not mindful of the cost of commodities that they budget too little for their helper to buy weekly cost of food and needs at home.

Deprive helper of sleep.

Just because household workers are home-based doesn’t mean their on-call 24-hours a day. Many of them stay late at night waiting for their employers to go home, their children to sleep, or for laundry to finish. Helpers wake up early to prepare breakfast, clean the car, or wake up the kids for school. Helpers are human beings too. They need enough rest to be able to work correctly.

Signs of a bad employer
There are many signs of a bad employer.

Do not offer privacy.

Some employers have smaller homes, and that likely means there is no separate space for a helper’s privacy. Some are offered beds, not bedrooms, right next to the kitchen, and one helper was even asked to sleep in a makeshift bed inside the bathroom.

Late payment of wages.

Too many helpers who are underpaid, it’s a blessing to be paid the right wages. But for those who receive them, a possible issue is that they’re not paid on time. There is a law that requires employers to pay salaries of their household workers not later than seven days after the wage period. So consider your employer a bad one if he or she fails to fulfill this obligation. Worse, we heard about helpers not being paid for their salaries for months!

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  2. Tama..dpt para mbwasan din khrapn sa pinas at maiwasan anh pgaabuso sa mga ofw dpt sa pinas p lng iptupd n ang pgkkroon ng trabho w/o qualifing age..hrap kc sa bnsa ntin sa edad ngkkproblema khit my pingaraln k kung over age k n wala ng ttangap sa u…kya mdmi nkikipgaplaran n lng sa ibng bnsa n d alm ang mgiging kplran gya dto sa saudi…

  3. Tama..dpt para mbwasan din khrapn sa pinas at maiwasan anh pgaabuso sa mga ofw dpt sa pinas p lng iptupd n ang pgkkroon ng trabho w/o qualifing age..hrap kc sa bnsa ntin sa edad ngkkproblema khit my pingaraln k kung over age k n wala ng ttangap sa u…kya mdmi nkikipgaplaran n lng sa ibng bnsa n d alm ang mgiging kplran gya dto sa saudi…

  4. Tama..dpt para mbwasan din khrapn sa pinas at maiwasan anh pgaabuso sa mga ofw dpt sa pinas p lng iptupd n ang pgkkroon ng trabho w/o qualifing age..hrap kc sa bnsa ntin sa edad ngkkproblema khit my pingaraln k kung over age k n wala ng ttangap sa u…kya mdmi nkikipgaplaran n lng sa ibng bnsa n d alm ang mgiging kplran gya dto sa saudi…

  5. ganito nararanasan ko dito ngyon sa employer ko dito sa hongkong 3hours lng tulog ko wake up ako 5am work na matapos ako 2am na on.nxt day na pagkain ko puro tira tira nla sa gabi ayaw nila.gumamit ako ng cream sa kamay kaya kamay ko puro sugat puro patay na kuko koh ayaw nila ako.makipag usap sa kapwa.pinay holiday ko 1a month lng bgo ako umalis maglaba at maglinis muna pag uwi ko d pa ako makapag pahinga hangang2 am pa ulit ako grabe trato nla subra

  6. Ganyan ang present amo ko ..hindi sila local ..african sila ..sila ..ung first mht hinayaan ko sabi ko baka khkunin pa nya ang paggigiwala nha aba e bindi xa nagbabago ..one day kalalabas ko sa day off ko hindi pa ako nakaraginv sa simbahan tinawagan ako daminyang oinapagawa.sinagot ko na sabi ko maam next time if you need me on my off day you tell me before sunday i will stay but you must pay me .. mula po noon hindi na nya inulif pa ..

  7. I experienced almost all what mention above except going out and ordering and eatind same food… The rest . Its already happening… Whenever i take off. I shoul be up early as normal time just to clean cook breakfast for their lunch… And in dinner im going to prepare once i reached fron my off… Untinsels i left from morning is lying full in the wash basin… i never complain bec its becomes mt habbit

  8. Sad to say my Japenese current employer fits all these signs!There are times too that she will asks me to pay for an items i bought for them to consume just becausethe receipt was in a Chinese or if she didn’t ask me to buy eventhough her husband needs it!And she can’t even give my salary on time,its always delay.

  9. like my employer when i was having vacation last december she let me out all the things that i need to bring home..and after that she take out all of my clothes in my lagguage one by one check my clothes everything even my boots shoes that still have inside she let me take out and the worst thing she do.she check my wallet and handy pouch and check the money inside how much i had to bring home and check all the receipt how much i send every month then she put in the list when i started to worked with them and after she total all the money that i send and for the other receipt that i spent..in my mind OMG!! first time for all the years i work abroad i xperience this..and one day we just came home by her son she look at me from head to toe and ask me why i wearing watch? then secondly she ask me were did i get my new clothes? but actually its very old clothes of mine..thats why i break my contract in here now im waiting for the new maids come so i can find a new employer…imagine i worked alone for more than a year to them three kids 7,6 @ 5 the 6years old is diabetic and i need to inject insulin and so on….lucky atleast i learned a lot from this family

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