Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - The lifestyle experts at Ron Morgan Properties are asked a lot of the same questions over and over about life in Mexico and how to go about navigating a new life in Puerto Vallarta. In their new "How To" series, they answer some of the most frequently asked questions about every day life.
Having a housekeeper is really one of the joys of living in Mexico. With wages generally in the $250 to $300 pesos per day range ($14 to $17 USD), having help in your home is a very affordable luxury. Furthermore, housekeepers are more "full service" in Mexico than many foreigners would expect and duties like laundry, dog walking, cooking, etc. are often included in a housekeeper's job description. So what do you need to know to hire a housekeeper in Puerto Vallarta?
1. Talk with your housekeeper and see if she would prefer daily, weekly or bi-weekly payments and use a receipt book.
2. By law, your housekeeper is entitled to a Christmas bonus called an Aguinaldo, which must be paid prior to December 20th every year and should be the equivalent of 2 weeks of salary.
3. Your housekeeper is entitled to 6 days of pay holiday every year, with an additional 2 days extra for every year of employment that she is with you.
4. As a general rule, should your relationship with your housekeeper end (you move, you feel the need to terminate her employment or she chooses to leave), she is due a severance package that is generally equally to 3 months' salary after one year of employment. It is very important to document the termination process through signed letters and receipts.
Many families find that they forge lovely relationships with their housekeeper in Puerto Vallarta and have long term employment situations that are mutually beneficial for both employer and employee.
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