A post on social media generated heated discussion among Hong Kong employers after a domestic worker kept claiming sick leave while refusing to see a doctor.
The maid’s employer said she had requested two to three days’ sick leaves every month claiming various kinds of ailments, including a headache and a stomach ache, Sky Post reported.
Most of the time the maid called in sick after her Sunday rest day and said she needed to take at least two more days off.
When the employer wanted to take her to see a doctor, she refused, claiming that all she needed was rest in order to recover.
The employer said she was worried about the maid’s sickness, and was puzzled why her employee did not want to go see a doctor.
Another employer said he had faced the same situation but when he told his domestic worker that her sick days would be deducted from her salary or leave, his maid’s health recovered.
According to the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance, an employee is entitled to sickness allowance if the sick leave taken is not less than four consecutive days or is supported by an appropriate medical certificate.
The daily rate of sickness allowance is a sum equivalent to 80% of the average daily wages earned by an employee in the 12-month period preceding the sickness day or the first sickness day.
Joan Tsui Hiu-tung, convener of the Support Group for Hong Kong Employers, advised people to explain the relevant rules on sick leave to their domestic workers on the first day of employment and to show them the information for their reference.
Betty Yung Ma Shan-yee, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers’ Association, advised that to protect both the employee and family members, it is the employer’s responsibility to take the worker to a doctor if he or she is not feeling well.
Yung said employers should also show concern when their workers report illness.
These are only few cases….most of domestic helpers are force to work even if we are not feeling well…and we cant complain, as we want good harmony working relationship to our employer…esp those stay in helpers.
I think this scenario happened to those who are live out..For the live in helpers,they usually do self medication.Until they couldn’t stand the pain or sickness then will tell the employer.
This chizin employer think she’s so wise..
How stupid act! If u dont need/like your maid, so easy, just terminate her & pay your maid to what is the labor law mandate.. So sad my kabayan.. Not all employers are bad. Their are just some trying hard employers. Fight for ur right!
Sick leave rules out domestic helper. Even with a high fever and a doctor certificate we are forced to work…. Sad but its true that hk emploters thought we are machine..seldom u can find who really cares for the helper’s health… And some dont even pay for medical exoensenses..
Live in maids are never done this stuff. They must work even their condition are not fine. And since when a maid could take sick leaves?. 7 years I have been working in Hong Kong but I never heard such as things. She deserves to black list coz she makes a fool of her employer!!!
As they mentioned the helper doesn’t want to go for check up, that’s crazy!!
I think the problem here is in the helper, after rest day on sunday she takes sick leave? What comes to my mind only is that i think she cannot stand her hang over dats why she do it every month.. whew! This is crazy…!
Exactly thats my thinking too.
i experienced it too soo sad.
True…baka pa dinagdagan ng pakikichurbachurba kaya napagod…Hahaha
Amelia Pantal most of us experienced that…kya tyo.. BAWAL MAGKASAKIT
Claiming sick leave for a few days after her day off is quite ..craziness and even dont want to see doctor, thats means shes sick on her mind and not by her health. Maybe the employer is kind thats why shes taking her advantage. For me even im sick i was forced to work giving consideration to my boss, if i feel unwell i do take early medication. Better to prevent than to cure
What about those employed for 12 yrs. with the same employer and havent used the sick leave ..is there any reward?
I agree to that kabayan i think they are talking about stay out helper and maybe their stay with their hushband
how many days in a month should an helper could avail a sickleave?my employer deduct $700 from my salary because i just had a chicken pox which is i’ve got it from her daugther. then she told me to have a 7 days sick leave but i stay only inside my room then come out to wash the dishes after dinner…when she gave me my salary she alreay had the paper where i signed after getting my salary i was suprised when she said only 2 days sick leave in a month is allowed
why dont see a dr. it is a mandate for the employee to see a dr. if she was sick and should have a dr.certificate for the assurance of the employees health..or maybe the employee has a hangover that is why ????????????
Why you keep on saying leave out????
No DH are allowed to leave out..the hk immigration already scrapped the policy….
according to HK immigration rule helpers shouldn’t be living out…
Alexrhea Chartzyrelle tama..
Cgro may tinatago kaya ayaw magpa check up..nkkapugod tlga mag work sa 22o lang kaya kunting sama lang ng katawan punta agad ako ng doctor khit ako nagbbayad sa gstos basta maging ok lang katawan ko kc un phunan dto ehh!!
Bernarda Bitog sakto po
Kaizen Anansky tama… Subra cgoro sipag nya with bf or whta kaya 2days ang kailangan nyang pahinga ulit
I have experience too..doctr gave me 2days rest monday until teusday but my employer refuse his is so busy .and nobody can work his house..i have vertigo so i cannot walk quickly.feel dizzy and almost f
Ennie Villafania Gomez same here.. An ambulance bring me to hospital because i am dizzy then i was diagnosed vertigo… But when i come back home i do a lot of housework evsn i still feel unwell…????
I never filed any sick leave, eventhough I’m ill I still do my household chores..one day absence from work a tone of works to wait and it made me more sick.
Ako din nagtetake ako ng antibiotic tpos nagsuka ako halos buong araw pro 9pm n talaga ako pinagpahinga ni amo sobrang hina n ng katawan ko
紀奇古 yes you are right. But Coz of some reason. Live in or live out is employer consideration.
She’s sick…but after the employer told her to deduct her salary ,she became well….
Ako dn sobrang skit ng paa ko at namamaga pero la tlga pki ang amo ko…kng dko p xa cnbihan n s private aq mgpcheck up dpa kikilos…kc ayw nla n s private clinic aq pupunta…gs2 s hospital kc mura dw byaran nla…kya kelangan kng mg antay kng anung oras at arw my available checkup….
In my situation,even Im not feeling well due to a flu syndrom my emloyer did not care for me ,just told me to use facial mask whrn preparing their food.I buy my own medicine .I wonder why some body was offered a consultation but they refuse it?
Lucky are you who have employers offering a consultation,only few employers has a good spirit.
I was not paid for my sick leave even when my doctor gave me 4 weeks sick leave after my open surgery at a hospital, when I ask for a refund from the insurance my boss said she won’t give it to me the sad part is I was even accused as #greedy. Life as a domestic helper.
hihihi….so true always kakambal.ng sunday ang monday lolxxx
Kaizen Anansky palagay ko nga ????????????
No need to specify what you think is her reason because we don’t know..it’s just that her demand for sick leave is not reasonable
???????????????????????? whatever…???????????????????????? its a fact!
For me better to rest than to see doctor as long as i still can manage myself. Not all the time that we are not feeling well is need to see doctor….real life is just need enough sleep/rest…
紀奇古 helpers can live out legal yon but need to Give notice to the immigration with a proof of address where she will be staying and proof that the employer is paying the apartment or boarding house its under the employers name…must be stated in the contract….
Some employers want privacy,so they request the immigration for thier helper to live out…..
May dahilan kaya ayaw pumunta SA doctor
me myself do not want to see the doctor even I am sick ????????????
You’re right kabayan,
Why she don’t want go to consult a doctor?
And why during day off? Maybe she don’t it
We just read a one side story,why you people so easy to judge,did u hear the side of the helper if it is real that she doesn’t like to go for a check up? I doubt,so before u judge guys try to find out the other side story
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