I have a Filipino helper taking care of my DS (3.5yo) but now about 4 months into her second contract (after returning home), she is giving problem and threatening to leave if we don't give her another $100 pay rise (we already gave her $50 pay rise during the renewal).
We are extremely disappointed because before this she was very good and my DS really likes her too. We always treat her well and whenever we go out to eat at restaurants, the food we order for her is always similar priced as what we eat ourselves. At the end of the day, I guess it boils down to greed.
Anyway, I know that MOM sides with FDWs completely so even if I tried to keep her, she could easily pretend to be sick everyday and refuse to work and I won't be able to do anything. Moreover she's taking care of my small son so I don't want to risk it. (Seriously, what's the point of contracts when they can abuse the contract so easily???) Can someone who has changed maids mid-contract help give me a rundown on what are the costs involved if I want to change my maid and the likely problems I would face?
If there aren't that much hidden costs, then I would prefer to change because once the trust is lost, I can't believe that she'll take care of my son properly anymore.
Costs to change FDW mid-contract
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