Am still convinced this is a big wind up.
â€¢ Most people can't cook, leave alone maids. Ask her to fry an egg, that's the ultimate cooking skill test.
â€¢ Get one that's already in HK, let her work for you for half a day, incl. cooking.
â€¢ Don't trust recommendation letters, call the last employer, story is is often VERY different.
â€¢ FDH Introduction from agents - don't believe a word.
In return you get a virtual slave. On call for 24 hours. Exempted from minimum wage laws and even have to work when typhoon #8 is on.
Last edited by flameproof; 24-09-2013 at 11:21 AM.
Second, YOU CANNOT VERY LABOUR LAWS BY HAVING YOUR HELPER SIGN A PIECE OF PAPER THAT SAYS I AGREE TO VARY THE LAW. Yes, I am shouting. These protections are there for a reason and are in most cases absolute. Am amazed that so many people think they can do whatever the hell they want regardless of the law, as long as they get their helper to agree with their illegal scheme.
Sounds like you need to improve your interviewing skills. Don't ask yes and no questions. Instead of "can you cook" ask "what dishes do you cook", etc.
Okay I have some sympathy for the fabricated resume. I think that's probably good grounds for terminating an employment contract.
As for the cooking, if it was an important part of the job then why didn't you ask her to cook you something at the interview stage or at least describe a few meals she can make (the ingredients, the recipe etc).
flameproof, offered the best suggestion... Ask to try her out for a day. I do that before signing an FDH's contract.
Last edited by mrdollars; 24-09-2013 at 11:21 AM. Reason: clarity
similarly see employers asking for helpers to do all sorts of things that violate labour laws.
saw online just yesterday some guy in Disco Bay asking "Can anyone refer me a helper? 800' sq ft, Discovery Bay, working couple with 3 year old kid, live in Kitchen, with air conditioning. Most helpers are not happy with the live in kitchen but there is no extra room to let the helper sleep. If you know any good helper that doesn't cares too much about this, please let me know asap. "
its like he doesn't seem to think there is anything wrong with housing a person in his kitchen - hey at least it has ac!
Last edited by elliee; 24-09-2013 at 11:29 AM.