Kate Winslet refuses to employ domestic help – TV3 Xposé

June 14th, 2017 by admin

 

88th Annual Academy Awards

This is a nice short article with an alternate perspective on household staff. I like it.

The Oscar winning actress, 41, has two teenage children and one young son, but says that although she can afford to pay for domestic staff to help her with her motherly duties, she insists on carrying them out herself.

“I don’t have staff,” Kate tells Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “I don’t have a chef or a driver or things like that. I would be so unhappy if I had those things and I wouldn’t feel like I was being a real person anymore. Just because I am in a position where I can have those things, it doesn’t mean that I have to.”

The Titanic star explains that both she and her children Mia Honey, 16, Joe Alfie, 13, and Bear Blaze, 3, would be unhappy if she were too busy to help them, as parenthood helps motivate her in life…

 

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Draft UAE law protecting domestic workers rights hailed by embassies

June 2nd, 2017 by admin

If you think service workers have it rough in the USA, check out the scene overseas. Basic legal protections are just beginning, like getting paid on time and retaining your own passport!

DUBAI // Diplomats described a draft law on domestic staff rights passed by the Federal National Council as “pro-worker” and recommended firm implementation to ensure their interests are protected.

The bill, stipulating a weekly day off, 30 days’ paid holidays, at least 12 hours of rest a day including eight consecutive hours off and the right to retain passports and identity cards, was passed by the FNC on Wednesday.

Officials in embassies and consulates across the UAE welcomed the move and said enforcement would reduce common complaints about pressure to work long hours, non-payment and late payment of wages.

The diplomats wanted to know more about proposals to monitor the punctuality of salary payments.

“It is a positive development because the benefits of rest are clearly stated and passport custody will be given to workers,” said Ophelia Almenario, labour attache at the Philippine embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“One issue we have raised is non-payment of salaries on time and a mechanism to monitor wages, like in the case of labourers where they have wage protection implemented and salaries must be deposited in the bank.

As of now, we don’t know if there is a provision to this effect in the new law.”

According to the draft, wages must be paid by the 10th of the following month with a receipt signed by the worker. Tighter regulations on wage protection are expected to follow.

The draft must be approved by the President Sheikh Khalifa.

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White House fires its chief usher — the first woman in that job – The Washington Post

May 5th, 2017 by admin

Household staff in the news – Maybe the title of Chief Usher will start to gain popularity in private homes?

The White House has fired its chief usher, Angella Reid, the first woman and second African American to hold the position.

When the White House residence staff arrived at work Friday morning, they were told that Reid was no longer employed, according to someone with knowledge of the dismissal. A White House official confirmed that Reid is no longer working at the White House.

“We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best,” the official said.

Reached by phone, Reid declined to comment, saying only, “I think it’s best if the White House explains.”

During Friday’s daily briefing with reporters, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, said that the deputy usher will serve as the acting usher.

“She is no longer employed here at the White House,” Sander said when asked about Reid’s departure. “We left on very good terms and wish her the very best and certainly hope for great things for her in the future. However, it’s not uncommon you might have a transition of staff when a new administration comes in. It’s nothing more than that.”

The job is one that typically involves a long tenure — there have been just nine since the beginning of the 20th century. The White House declined to provide any specifics for the reasons behind Reid’s departure.

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Qualities of a Housekeeper that Separate Good from Great via Poloandtweed.com

April 20th, 2017 by admin

This article was forwarded to us as a suggested post. I agreed completely! There are few professional sites focused on one of the most important roles in the household: A PROFESSIONAL Housekeeper. This is a true art and should be seen as skilled profession, because it is. Thanks for the tip F.N.

Critical details that separate the good from the great…

There is a common misconception that to be a housekeeper is an innate ability.  That one is born with the knowledge of how to remove stains from marble or how to get coffee out of a carpet, but the truth of the matter is that to be a good housekeeper one must have the aptitude and approach to the art form that housekeeping is.

There is a colossal difference between a cleaner and a housekeeper. And although to mere mortals it may seem that they are the same thing, I can assure you they most certainly are not.  So how can you determine the qualities that make a good housekeeper and what sets them aside from a house cleaner?  Let me share these little nuggets of gold that I’ve learnt over the years…

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Mumbai domestic help agency refuses to supply staff to Bollywood stars

April 19th, 2017 by admin

Imagine if the LA based agencies got together and told the actual tales of staffing in Hollywood! I’m not sure if it would be a scandal, or if we would all just continue to look the other way? Here’s how they’re getting called out in India…

The co-founder of an agency providing domestic help to Mumbai homes has vowed never to send any of his workers to Bollywood stars after many of the helpers complained of abuse and bad treatment.

Anupam Sinhal, CEO of Bookmybai — a company with 50,000 housemaids, cooks and babysitters registered with it — described on his blog how 25 film and television celebrities had mistreated the domestic helpers he sent to them.

Mr Sinhal said one of his domestic helpers had been tortured by a celebrity client.

“Her domestic help returned to the agency with visible bruises on her body, but refused to file a police complaint,” Mr Sinhal said. He asked the celebrity about her behaviour, but she threatened to “write bad things” about his agency on her Twitter account, which she said had 400,000 followers.

Later Mr Sinhal found out that no domestic help stayed beyond a week at her home.

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What It Takes To Work For The Super Rich

February 10th, 2017 by admin

This reporter’s take on an Estate Manager job listing is quite good.

Naples, Florida, is a hideaway for the super-rich looking to escape the frigid winters of the north for sunnier southern climbs.

In Southwest Florida, you’ll find miles of tranquil beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, top-of-the-line golf courses, and giant mansions with sprawling properties.

Got a spare $60 million? Plunk it down on this Port Royal palace, which includes a 10,825-square-foot domicile, “verdant lawns and privacy hedges,” and “various garages and service buildings” — plus, “your own ‘secret garden.'”

Celebrity “snowbirds” flock to Naples annually. In 2015, Judge Judy Sheindlin spent $8.6 million on a 10,607-square-foot house in the area.

Now a job listing for an estate manager provides a unique look into what life is like when you live in Naples — and what it takes to work for the super rich…

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‘Handy’ Cleaning App Linked To More Than 50 Thefts In NYC – Consumerist

February 6th, 2017 by admin

While the idea of simplifying “on-demand” household help is nice, the truth is more complicated. When you give strangers full access to your home, the risk of theft or damage is inherent. Always make sure you have someone on your side doing the references and/or background checks so you know the source.

It might be convenient to summon a cleaning service with the tap of your smartphone, but police in New York City are warning that convenience could lead to theft after dozens of customers using the house-cleaning app Handy reported being burgled.

DNA Info reports that the NYPD received reports of more than 50 incidents in 2016 related to theft of property by cleaners sent to residents’ homes through the Handy app.

In one incident reported to police in July, a cleaner hired through Handy allegedly stole $8,000 worth of handbags from an apartment the employee was hired to clean.

The NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau sent emails to residents last week urging them to safeguard valuables when hiring cleaners and other service providers from such on-demand apps…

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EstateJobs.com site upgrades – feedback?

February 1st, 2017 by admin

We are looking for feedback on the new site layout and functions. Please email us immediately if there are any technical errors, strange graphics, or general concerns. We work hard to keep the site updated with the latest in appearance and usability for our clients.

Also make sure you are taking advantage of the profile page on your account. You are now able to upload a photo, which increases your chances of standing out among other job seekers, and you can link directly to your LinkedIn profile or other online version of your resume. Just add the URL in the video/website link field!

Thank you,

support@estatejobs.com

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Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce Pick, Fired Undocumented Household Worker Before Confirmation Hearing

January 18th, 2017 by admin

Make sure you confirm employees before they start work in your household. It is worth the few extra dollars to employ properly, especially if you are in a high profile role.

Billionaire private equity executive Wilbur Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee that when he hired the worker in 2009, the person provided what looked like a valid driver’s license and Social Security card. After Ross was nominated by Trump, he asked all his household staff to provide such documentation again.

“When I was getting ready for this hearing I wanted to recheck all our present and former employees,” Ross said, adding that all but one of about a dozen workers provided the right documentation.

“This one employee was unable to and therefore was terminated,” Ross said. The entire process happened in the last month.

Ross sorted out the matter in advance of the hearing with committee Chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.). Both men thanked Ross for being forthcoming about the matter.

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How the White House Staff Welcomes a New First Family

January 13th, 2017 by admin

 

Here’s a nice piece from Time Magazine about the White House Staff. There are always great service teams behind any position of power or influence. It’s great to see the recognition, even though the true service pro never needs the accolades!

When President Barack Obama was first introduced to the residence staff at the White House—the approximately 100 maids, butlers, chefs, florists and ushers who make it tick—he had a look of surprise on his face. Like most people, he never realized how many people it takes to handle the 55,000-sq.-ft. Executive Mansion. When First Lady Michelle Obama introduced her East Wing aides to the residence staff in the elegant East Room, she told her team, “We are on their ground now.” The Trumps would be wise to turn to these staffers who have helped make the imposing building feel like a home for every First Family since John and Abigail Adams…

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