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Employment Rules for Foreign Domestic Workers

Employment rules for Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore

Your FDW’s employment must comply with the Work Permit regulatory conditions.

As an employer, you will be penalized if you illegally deploy her to work at another residential address or perform non-domestic chores.

Requires a valid Work Permit.
Can only work for her employer at the residential address declared to MOM.
Can only perform domestic chores.
Cannot take on work with other employers.


For illegally deploying an FDW, employers may be liable to pay a financial penalty of up to $10,000. Errant employers may also be banned from employing FDWs.
For employing an FDW without a valid Work Permit, employers may be fined between $5,000 and $30,000, imprisoned for up to 1 year, or both. For subsequent convictions, offenders face mandatory imprisonment.

We understand that employers may need their FDWs to take care of their child or parent at a relative’s house. 
You must notify MOM before you can proceed with this arrangement. To notify MOM, you must first:

  • Obtain your FDW’s written agreement to take care of your child or parent at your relative’s house.
  • Ensure your FDW does not perform a full load of housework in both households.
  • If the FDW needs to stay overnight to take care of your child or parent at your relative’s house, please ensure her accommodation meets the requirements.

As an employer, you remain responsible for your FDW’s upkeep and maintenance, which include providing acceptable accommodation, adequate food, and medical treatment.

Foreign domestic worker interview

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.

What is the FDW interview?
If your FDW is selected, you will receive a letter notifying you of the scheduled date and time. As her employer, you must ensure that your FDW is interviewed as scheduled. The interview will be conducted by the Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) on behalf of MOM.

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Sending a foreign domestic worker home

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

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Overseas leave for foreign domestic worker

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 an FDW employer can be debarred

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

When an employer is debarred?
If an employer is under investigation for offenses, we will take this into consideration when they apply for or renew a Work Permit for an FDW.

Employers who are debarred will not be allowed to apply for a new Work Permit for an FDW or renew an existing Work Permit.
The period of debarment depends on the severity of the offenses committed.

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Source: Ministry of Manpower



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Work Permit Conditions for Foreign Domestic Workers