FAST - 5th Education and Health Fair

FAST – 5th Education and Health Fair!!

Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Skills Training (FAST) is organising their 5th Education and Health Fair on 25th May 2018 from 11am to 5pm!

More than 20 booths offering training courses, crime prevention exhibition, environment and health road shows, and vanity services will be spread out along the main Community Hall of our Clubhouse. There will also be culinary open house, food sampling, mass fitness exercise, demos, talks, free ice cream, popcorn booth, and fruits corner.

PLUS!! Free eye check up for the first 100 participants!

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL NATIONALITIES! 

ADDRESS 2985 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-1B, Singapore 159457

 

MOM Advisory To Employers of Indonesian FDW on Indonesian Embassy New Performance Bond

MOM Advisory To Employers of Indonesian FDW on Indonesian Embassy New Performance Bond

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued an advisory to all employers of Indonesian FDW regarding the Indonesian Embassy's new performance bond requirement. Under this bond, the employer is liable to pay $6000 to the embassy should they forfeit the bond.

MOM has clarified that the Indonesian embassy bond is not a requirement of the Singapore government and that the ministry is concerned that there appears to be a lack of a proper mediation or dispute resolution process available to employers before the Indonesian embassy can forfeit the bond.

For the full advisory, please visit http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/press-releases/2018/0508-mom-advisory-to-employers-of-indonesian-fdw-on-indonesian-embassy-new-performance-bond-requirement

MOM also has a FAQ at http://www.mom.gov.sg/faq/indonesian-fdw-performance-bond

Some questions:
1. How do you think this will affect the demand for helpers from Indonesia?
2. Are current employers in a catch 22 situation? Are they better off signing or not signing the new embassy contract and thus having to purchase the Indonesian embassy bond? And if they don't sign, can they continue employing the Indonesian helper?
3. Is the alternative suggested by MOM to look for helpers from other countries or to engage part time help the way to go?
4. How will the new measures affect Indonesian helpers already working in Singapore, especially if they need to renew their passport or go for home leave?

For write up on maid insurance and bond required by MOM, visit http://www.hungchau.sg/our-services/maid-fdw-insurance-and-security-bond/

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Changes To Personal Accident Insurance Requirements For Foreign Domestic Workers From 1 October 2017

Changes To Personal Accident Insurance Requirements For Foreign Domestic Workers From 1 October 2017

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has made changes to the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) requirements for Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) since 1 Oct 2017. This is to ensure that all FDWs continue to be adequately compensated should they become permanently disabled or passes away during their employment in Singapore.

You can read more about it at the MOM webpage – http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/press-releases/2017/0507-changes-to-pai-for-fdws

The key changes are:

  1. Raising the minimum sum assured from $40,000 to $60,000
  2. Standardising the definition of accidents to cover all sudden, unforeseen, and unexpected incidents that results in the death or permanent disability of the FDW
  3. Clarifying the period of coverage
  4. Allowing FDWs or their legal representatives to file claims directly with the insurer

At Hung Chau, we are able offer Maid Insurance that meets the latest MOM requirements. Contact us for more details using the form below:

Key Benefits of Our Maid Insurance:

  • Meets Ministry of Manpower’s requirement for Security Bond, Personal Accident, and Hospitalization & Surgical Expenses
  • Fast transmission to Ministry of Manpower
  • Quick turnaround time
  • Comprehensive coverage including worldwide cover for Personal Accident and Hospitalisation
  • Attractive premium
Indonesian Training Centre

Where to go during off days – Indonesian Helpers

Are you an Indonesian helper? Not sure where to go during your off days?

Do you employ an Indonesian helper? Looking for a good outlet for your helper during her rest days?

Why not check out the Indonesian Training Centre located at Siglap Road. Setup by the Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia in Singapore for Indonesian domestic workers, it is also called “Centre for Education and Training for Indonesian Domestic workers” (also known as P3K). The Centre is running on Sundays from 10 am until 5 pm

The Centre is currently offering programmes as follows:

Indonesian Training Centre

  1. English Course
  2. Computer Course
  3. Sewing Course
  4. Hairdressing Course and Facial Course
  5. Equivalency School for Junior Secondary (Paket B)
  6. And Equivalency School for Senior Secondary Level (Paket C)
  7. Mandarin Course
  8. Caregivers basic training

Find out more at their website: http://itc.sekolahindonesia.org.sg/

Foreign Nurses Providing Home Care in Singapore

Some households in Singapore have resorted to hiring foreign nurses to provide home care for their loved ones.  These nurses come to Singapore using the same pass as Domestic Helpers.  This is certainly a good option to consider.  If you want to know more, do contact us using the form below.

The following article “More foreign nurses hired to provide home care” appeared on Straits Times 11 June 2015.
More foreign nurses hired to provide home care

3 weeks’ jail for punching, slapping maid

Slap

Yet another employer was brought to task for abusing his helper, in this case, physically.  It is very tempting to abuse positions of power, whether as parents, teachers, bosses, etc.  However, we must remember that abusing someone is never right be it physical or otherwise.  What’s more, the arms of the law are never too far!

News Article: 3 weeks’ jail for punching, slapping maid

We Have Moved to Blk 208, #02-211

We Have Moved

We have moved to Blk 208, #02-211

We are happy to inform that we have moved to our new premises at the following address:

Blk 208, Hougang Street 21, #02-211. S(530208)

It is a short walk from our old office and is located conveniently above McDonald’s at Blk 208.  Our contact numbers remain unchanged:

Tel: +65 6284 8639, Fax: +65 6284 7649, Email: [email protected]

With the bigger premises, we will be able to serve you better!  Do drop by soon!

Budget 2015: Foreign Domestic Worker Concessionary Levy To Be Reduced From May 2015

Budget 2015

Good news for employers of foreign domestic workers who are paying the concessionary levy!  The government has just announced that it will reduce the concessionary levy by half from $120 a month to just $60 a month!  Not only that, it has relaxed one of the criteria – the requirement for a children below 12 is now raised to below 16.  This will mean that more families will be able to enjoy the concessionary levy!

The new levy rate will apply starting in May 2015.

Read More:

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/singapore-budget-2015-concessionary-rate-foreign-domesti