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Window-cleaning rules for maids to take effect 2016.11.22
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AFTER much controversy, the Labour Department has announced measures to protect foreign domestic helpers who have to clean windows in high-rise buildings.The restrictions will be written into new contracts from 1 January 2017.

Under the new rules, an employer cannot ask a maid to clean the outside of a window unless it is on the ground level or next to a balcony. Otherwise, the window must be secured with a grille. Maids can extend only their arms outside the window.

Last month, the Philippine consulate unilaterally declared that Filipino domestic helpers will no longer clean the outside of a window after many maids fell to their death. Other countries which have their nationals working as maids in Hong Kong followed suit.

(This article is published on Goodies on 23 November 2016)


1. controversy (n)
    爭論

2. restriction (n)
    限制

3. grille (n)
    格柵/窗花

4. declare (v)
    宣告





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  1. When will the new restrictions for domestic helpers on cleaning windows be applied?
    14 November 2016
    1 January 2017
    23 November 2016

  2. What must the windows have if they are not on the ground floor?
    a mosquito screen
    a sliding window
    a secure grille

  3. Who first made a unilateral declaration on window cleaning?
    the Hong Kong government
    the Philippine consulate
    the Indonesian consulate

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