What Labour Department guides are there for domestic helper employment?

Here are materials by the Hong Kong Labour Department and other government departments on the rights and obligations of employers and domestic helpers. 

Labour Department Hotlines:

  • 2717 1771
  • 2157 9537 (Dedicated hotline for foreign domestic helpers)

For both Domestic Helpers & Employers 

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  • Foreign domestic helpers’ rights and protection under the Employment Ordinance: Chinese |English | Tagalog
  • Important notes for foreign domestic helpers and their employers when using the service of employment agencies in Hong Kong: Chinese |English | Tagalog |
  • The Do’s and Don’ts” leaflet for foreign domestic helpers, employers and employment agencies: Chinese | English | Tagalog
  • Important Information for Employers and Employees on Compensation for Work Injuries and Occupational Diseases: Chinese | English | Tagalog
  • Safety requirements for cleaning outward-facing windows: Chinese | English | Tagalog

For Domestic Helpers:  

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  • Be Prepared for Employment in Hong Kong – A Handbook for Foreign Domestic Helpers: English (other language versions are coming soon)
  • Carefully select your Employment Agencies – Beware of employment traps: Chinese | English | Tagalog
  • Leaflet on integrated family services: Chinese | English | Tagalog
  • Leaflet on the crisis intervention and support services by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals CEASE Crisis Centre: English | Tagalog

For Employers

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  • Points to note for employers on the employment of foreign domestic helpers: Chinese | English  
  • Tips for Employers of Foreign Domestic Helpers – The responsibilities of taking out employees’ compensation insurance and providing free medical treatment: Chinese | English
  • Underpaying foreign domestic helpers is a serious offence: Chinese | English

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Last updated on August 31st, 2021