Employers warned over treatment of stricken helpers

The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Law Chi-kwong, revealed on Sunday that he has written to the Philippines consul general reiterating the government's commitment to protecting and supporting foreign domestic helpers. This follows widespread reports of domestic workers being kicked out of people's homes after they were infected with Covid-19,...

Quarantine arrangements change for helpers from March

The government said on Tuesday that two quarantine hotels originally designated for foreign domestic helpers arriving in Hong Kong will be converted to house Covid-19 patients from March 1. From then on, helpers will observe the same quarantine rules as other inbound travellers. The government said the changes were made...

More quarantine rooms for helpers ready in February

The government said on Monday that 150 more hotel rooms will be available from February 1 for foreign domestic helpers to undergo quarantine upon arriving in Hong Kong. The Labour Department said the Rambler Garden Hotel in Tsing Yi will be providing a total of 650 rooms, and the charge...

‘More quarantine hotels needed to bring in helpers’

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said on Sunday Hong Kong's quota for foreign domestic helpers needs to be increased while stressing the need to tackle a shortage of hotel quarantine space. In his blog, he explained that 1,138 rooms provided by the Regala Skycity Hotel from this month...

Huge demand expected for hotel replacing Penny’s Bay

The chairman of the Hong Kong Union of Employment Agencies, Thomas Chan, said he expects demand to be huge for quarantine rooms at a newly-designated hotel on Lantau, which will replace the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre as an isolation facility for foreign domestic helpers coming to Hong Kong. Penny's Bay...

Penny’s Bay option to end for helpers’ quarantine

The Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre will stop taking bookings for foreign domestic helpers from next Monday, with the government saying it needs to reserve all the rooms there for its response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid. The administration also said that the Regala Skycity Hotel...

Helpers getting dragged into money laundering: police

Police are warning that criminals are preying on foreign domestic helpers by offering them cash in exchange for access to their bank accounts, which are then used for money laundering. They say gangs are contacting migrant workers, via social media or mobile phone mass messaging. "Throughout our investigations, some of...

‘Demand for helpers reflects childcare needs’

A Baptist University researcher said on Monday a survey he led showed lower-income families are increasingly turning to foreign domestic helpers, reflecting the lack of childcare support in the city. According to Adam Cheung, an assistant professor of sociology at the university, many less well-off families with children said they...

New quarantine hotel for domestic helpers

The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Law Chi-kwong, said on Sunday that a new quarantine hotel for foreign domestic helpers will be made available from next month. Writing on his blog, Law said from December 8, the Courtyard by Marriott in Sha Tin would provide 500 rooms at HK$650 per...

Second quarantine hotel to open for new helpers

The government said on Saturday it had set aside a second hotel for newly-arrived foreign domestic helpers to complete their 21-day mandatory quarantine. For now, incoming helpers can only serve their quarantine in the Silka Tsuen Wan hotel or the government's quarantine centre in Penny's Bay – both of which...

Govt may offer more quarantine places for helpers

Labour and Welfare Secretary Law Chi-kwong said the government may make available more quarantine facilities for newly arrived foreign domestic helpers when the time is ripe. Employers and agencies have complained that they've been struggling to find space for helpers to complete their 21-day quarantine. Speaking at a roundtable discussion...

Bringing in helpers like ‘walking on thin ice’

Labour chief Law Chi-kwong on Sunday said that bringing in foreign domestic helpers from high-risk places is like “walking on thin ice”, and acknowledged the amount coming into the city was not enough to satisfy demand from local families. Writing in his blog, Law said that in the past month,...

More quarantine rooms on offer at Penny’s Bay

The government announced on Tuesday that it will reopen its booking system for helpers' quarantine at its Penny's Bay centre, after suspending it for two weeks to review its procedures. The center will provide an additional 200 units to the workers starting October 22, taking the total number of quarantine...

Govt urged to stop ‘segregating’ domestic helpers

A migrant workers' group on Sunday criticised the administration's decision to limit new foreign domestic workers to serving their quarantine at a single hotel or a government facility, saying the measures amount to "segregation". Officials opened the way for fully-vaccinated helpers to travel from Indonesia and the Philippines last Monday,...

HK bans Manila airline over Covid cases

Health authorities suspended flights from Manila operated by Cebu Pacific Air on Friday – less than a week after fully vaccinated domestic helpers from Indonesia and the Philippines were allowed to come here to work. The flight ban, which will be in place until September 16, was triggered after four...

No second quarantine hotels for helpers, govt says

Labour and welfare minister Law Chi-kwong said the government cannot set aside more quarantine hotels for foreign domestic helpers as talks to add a second hotel broke down. His comments on Wednesday came as some employers are upset that they have to wait longer for their helpers from Indonesia or...

Helpers’ quarantine hotel already fully booked

The Silka Tsuen Wan hotel is so far the only hotel designated for foreign domestic helpers to complete their 21 days' quarantine. It said it was fully-booked until November 1, with just over 280 rooms available for the helpers. Under current regulations, hotels can only have an occupancy rate of...

Number of helpers arriving must be controlled: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday said Hong Kong cannot allow thousands of foreign domestic workers to arrive in the city each week and their numbers will have to be controlled. The CE said officials are expected to give more details this week on a plan to start allowing helpers...

Risk of helpers bringing in Covid is limited: expert

Infectious disease expert Joseph Tsang said on Monday that the government has to make sure a centralised quarantine system is in place for thousands of domestic helpers who are expected to start flying in from the Philippines soon. His comments came after reports that at least 3,000 fully inoculated Filipino...

3,000 Filipino helpers could arrive from next week

The Department of Labour and Employment in the Philippines announced on Sunday that it had reached agreement with the Hong Kong authorities to allow fully vaccinated domestic helpers to fly to Hong Kong from August 30. The labour secretary, Silvestre Bello III, says as many as 3,000 helpers will be...