How much do I pay my helper for off days not taken?

October 14, 2022

Based on mutual agreement, there can be weeks that the maid does not take an off day and the employer compensates the helper for that day. (Please take note that from 1st January 2023, at least 1 off day per month cannot be compensated and it is compulsory for the helper to have that off day).

For some months, there are 5 Sundays and how does an employer calculate the off day compensation?

This is an example provided by MOM:

How much should I compensate my MDW if thereare 5 weekly rest days in certain months?Assuming your MDW draws a monthly salary of$650, before any compensation in-lieu of rest day:• Your MDW’s 1 day’s salary = $650 ÷ 26 days = $25• With the enhanced rest day policy from 1 Jan2023, she is entitled to one rest day a monththat cannot be compensated away. Hence, hersalary would be: $650 + ($25 x 4 days) = $750


More information of maid's off days can be found in this guidebook by MOM. https://www.mom.gov.sg/-/media/mom/documents/publications/guides/migrant-domestic-worker-rest-day-guide.pdf

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