FDWs are not covered by the Employment Act because it is not practical to regulate specific aspects of domestic work, such as hours of work and work on public holidays.
However, we encourage you to sign an employment contract with your FDW to avoid disputes. You and your FDW also need to sign a safety agreement before she starts working for you.
The terms and conditions in your employment contract should be mutually agreed between you and your FDW.
As an employer, you are encouraged to cover all of the following:
- Placement loan
- Number of rest days per month
- Compensation in lieu of rest day
- Notice period
- Compensation in lieu of termination notice
You can get your employment agency to draft an employment contract for you and your FDW.
Terminating an employment contract
Early termination is allowed to maintain flexibility for you and your FDW, as circumstances may change.
Either you or your FDW can terminate the employment contract by giving the notice period stated in the employment contract. If the notice period cannot be given, the party terminating the employment should pay salary in lieu of notice. Notice period can be waived by mutual consent.
When you hire a first-time or transfer FDW, your employment agency needs to arrange for you and her to sign a safety agreement.
The aim of the agreement is to ensure that both of you understand MOM’s restrictions for cleaning the exterior of windows.
You do not need to sign a safety agreement if you are renewing your existing FDW's contract.
When to sign
Refer to the table for when you should sign the safety agreement:
If your FDW is
Sign the agreement
A first-time FDW
After the FDW has attended the Settling-In Programme and before she starts work at your home.
A transfer FDW
Before the FDW is deployed to you.
What it covers
The safety agreement:
- Lists the restrictions on cleaning the exterior of windows.
- States that your requirements for cleaning windows will comply with our regulations.
- Includes the FDW’s acknowledgment of your requirement on window cleaning.
To ensure that your FDW fully understands the agreement, the copy she signs will be in her native language.
The agreement will be signed by three parties: you, the employment agency and the FDW. You should each keep a copy of the agreement.