Employer’s Guide for FDW

This guide aims to help you build a positive working relationship with your foreign domestic worker (FDW).

It includes information on rest days, well-being, salary, and other matters.


Rest days and well-being

Guidelines for an FDW's rest days and well-being, including accommodation and safety.

As an employer, you are responsible for the health and well-being of your foreign domestic worker (FDW). You must provide rest days, proper accommodation, adequate medical care, and safe work conditions.

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Contracts and safety agreement

Signing an employment contract and safety agreement with your FDW.

You are encouraged to sign an employment contract with your foreign domestic worker (FDW) and are required to sign a safety agreement with her.

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 must also sign a safety agreement before she starts working for you.

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Salary guidelines

Guidelines for paying your FDW's monthly salary.

You must pay your foreign domestic worker (FDW) every month. The salary must not be lower than what you declared to MOM.

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Resolving disputes

How to get help if you have a dispute with your FDW or employment agency.

During employment, you might encounter disputes with your foreign domestic worker (FDW) or employment agency. You can get help.

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Abuse and ill-treatment

Employers will face severe penalties if convicted of abusing an FDW.

Employers will face severe penalties if they are convicted of abusing a foreign domestic worker (FDW).
We take allegations of abuse and ill-treatment of an FDW seriously, especially if they concern physical or sexual abuse.

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Employment rules

Where an FDW is allowed to work, including penalties for illegal employment or deployment.

A foreign domestic worker (FDW)’s deployment must comply with Work Permit conditions. As an employer, you will be penalized if you illegally deploy her to work for someone else or perform non-domestic chores.

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FDW interview

What to expect if your FDW is selected to attend an interview with MOM.

Your FDW may be selected to go for an interview by MOM, especially if she’s in the first few months of employment. If she is selected, her attendance for the interview is compulsory. Find out what to expect for the interview.

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Sending an FDW home

Steps to take to send your FDW home when the employment ends.

When your foreign domestic worker's (FDW)'s employment ends, you need to complete certain steps before she departs for her home country.

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Overseas leave for FDW

Overseas leave for FDWs, including home leave. Includes levy waiver and what to do if the FDW does not return.

Your foreign domestic worker (FDW) may wish to take time off to visit her family. You can get a levy waiver for the time she is away and defer her 6-monthly medical examination if needed.

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When employers can be debarred

Find out when an employer can be debarred from employing FDWs.

Employers can be debarred from hiring foreign domestic workers (FDWs) if they commit certain offenses.

MOM may debar employers for infringing employment rules and regulations under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

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Source: Ministry of Manpower Singapore


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