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Qatar approves draft law for domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 164 days ago Qatar
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Doha // Qatar has approved a draft law that would provide legal protection for tens of thousands of domestic workers for the first time.

The law is expected to specify how many hours staff such as nannies, drivers and gardeners should work per week, how many days holiday they receive annually and how they are paid, the state Qatar News Agency (QNA) report Read More


GCR - News - Malaysian builders protest at sudden foreign worker levy rule

Posted by jaypee 195 days ago Malaysia
http://www.globalconstructionreview.com — Construction firms in Malaysia have protested against a surprise move by the government making them pay a levy of hundreds of dollars for every foreign worker they employ.

An industry body says the new rule will suck hundreds of millions of dollars out of the industry, raising the cost of construction and making Malaysian builders less competitive.

“With the implementation o Read More

UAE launches new domestic worker insurance plan

Posted by jaypee 197 days ago United Arab Emirates
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The UAE Ministry of Interior has joined hands with Axa Green Crescent to launch a new insurance plan for domestic workers that will protect employers from financial losses when a worker absconds, fails a visa-renewal medical test or dies, said a report.

The insurance policy covers maids, drivers and domestic workers sponsored by citizens and residents aged between 18 and 64, report Read More


‘No levy on foreign workers’ - Nation | The Star Online

Posted by jaypee 201 days ago Malaysia
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PETALING JAYA: Struggling employers want the Government to reverse the decision forcing bosses to pay the annual levy for foreign workers.


SME Association of Malaysia president Datuk Michael Kang said the representatives of various industries would seek a meeting with the Government over its latest policy.

“We want the Government to cancel or reverse t Read More


New domestic worker insurance plan launched

Posted by jaypee 208 days ago United Arab Emirates
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Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Interior launched on Tuesday a new initiative — an insurance rights document for domestic workers — in a joint press conference by the Ministry of Interior and AXA Green Crescent, the initiative’s strategic partner.

This move comes in line with the announcement by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of 2017 being t Read More


Myanmar maids in Singapore up against tough choice to fight abusive employers

Posted by jaypee 210 days ago Burma
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After facing abuse and battery at the hands of their employer, Myanmar domestic workers in Singapore are confronted with a difficult choice: stay and press charges, in often lengthy investigations that rehash their pain, or return home and relinquish any opportunity for recompense.

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Tighter employment laws to ensure better protection for UAE domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 217 days ago United Arab Emirates
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ABU DHABI // Domestic workers will be assured of greater protection as their employment will soon be regulated by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The new procedure will begin in Dubai early next year, and be expanded to the rest of the country by the summer, it was announced at the weekend.

"When this Cabinet decision takes ef Read More


New contracts to protect domestic workers from high-rise window cleaning risk are no deterrent, says union

Posted by jaypee 250 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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The Federation of Asian Domestic Workers’ Unions (FADWU) has expressed its concern over the effectiveness of new provisions aimed at protecting domestic workers from the dangers of high-rise window cleaning.

New contracts, due to roll out on January 1, will prohibit domestic workers from cleaning the exteriors of windows above the ground floor, unless grills are install Read More