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Maids in Honduras (Domestic Help)

Most expatriate families employ one domestic servant who does cleaning, washing, ironing and some cooking. Large families and persons with extensive representational responsibilities sometimes hire additional household help. Many families also employ full or part-time gardeners. While it is not a responsibility of the employee to provide a maid for the convenience of maintenance, it does facilitate the repairs at the residence when one is present. In addition, it allows for a presence in the house during work hours, thus providing additional security for the residence.

Because of cultural differences, it can be difficult to get household help that would be considered reliable. Even if previously employed by expatriates, servants often require close supervision and training. Unexplained absences are common. Servants generally speak only Spanish.

Many families hire full-time, live-in domestic staff. The employer must furnish the living quarters, including bedding and linens, as well as supplies such as bathroom tissue and soap. Some domestic employees may also wish to have their children live in. In this case, the employer and employee must agree on the specific arrangements, including food and living space for the children. It is customary for the employer to furnish uniforms or work clothes. Part-time domestics are also available and are normally provided meals, but not living quarters.

Conditions under which domestic employees may be hired are controlled by the Honduran Labor Code. It favours the employee over the employer, who is responsible for paying certain medical expenses, Christmas gratuities, summer bonuses and other benefits.

Check character references from previous employers carefully. Ask to see your domestic's current health card. In most cases it is wise to obtain a complete pre-employment physical exam for your domestic employee, at your expense.