Domestic workers

Domestic workers in Hong Kong are looking for jobs – what’s wrong?

We sometimes hear complaints that the immigration service takes very little interest in what happens to domestic helpers once the employment contract the service insists on has been signed and implemented. It now seems unfair. The department is not interested in parts of the contract that relate to anecdotes such as hours of help, accommodation, […]

Domestic workers

Draft San Francisco Ordinance to Require Paid Sick Leave for Domestic Workers | Jackson Lewis PC

Most employees in San Francisco (and throughout California) receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is now considering a prescription which would expand the availability of paid sick leave for domestic workers by establishing a system of “portable” paid sick leave. The “Equal Access […]

Domestic workers

Outsourcing has not improved conditions for domestic workers in South Africa

In South Africa, approximately a million people, mostly black women from marginalized backgrounds, are employed as domestic workers by the middle class. Some are employed as full-time domestic servants and live on their employers’ premises, usually in garden rooms. For resident domestic workers, their work and personal life are often unclear. They lack freedom and […]

Domestic workers

COVID-19 relief bill leaves many domestic workers behind

For the 75 million Americans in virtual lockdown in the battle against COVID-19, the writing on the wall is clear: stay home, stop the spread. Yet for the two million domestic workers in the United States, the demands of social distancing and the realities of the virus can be a minefield. “Honestly, I’m scared of […]