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Helper contract revised

November 14, 2016

A new clause on cleaning windows will be included in the Standard Employment Contract for foreign domestic helpers from January 1, the Labour Department announced today.


The new clause stipulates that when the helper has to clean the outside of any window which is not located on the ground level or adjacent to a balcony or common corridor, the window must be fitted with a grille which is locked or secured.


No part of the helper's body can extend beyond the window ledge, except the arms.


All contracts signed on or after January 1 must adopt the revised contract with the new clause added. 


The Immigration Department will accept old contracts signed before that date if they are submitted by January 27.


The department said although the new clause is only applicable to new contracts, employers with existing contacts should also follow these requirements.


It said it will step up publicity and education efforts to enhance the awareness of employers and helpers of household and occupational safety.

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