You have finally arrived, got all your documentation sorted out and you have settled in at home. Then you find you spend most of the time washing up, putting things away, cleaning and you are not doing the things you thought you were going to do.
Hire a maid, just a few days a week, that should do it but after a few weeks you decide to keep her on. Your home is sparkling, you really are living the life of Riley but what do you do next?
Get it all legal, don’t do what a lot of people do and pay without a receipt or any of her rights. Ex-pat web sites are littered with stories of people being taken to court and the cleaners for not doing things legally.
So what is the legal way? Go through an accountant and let him do all the signing up and donkey work but its good to know what the basic rights are anyway.
If you employ someone twice a week but on different days then they can be termed a “Diarista” and not subject to the above.
However, three times a week would be termed by most judges as a full time employee and due all the rights and entitlements.
Do not employ anyone who does not want to present a proper work card.
Maids gainfully employed are tax deductible. Check with your accountant.
This site has a calculator to help you see what you should be paying
When in doubt use an accountant.