It is common for maids to disregard her employment terms. Agreed no off day, paid her compensation for no off also no use. It could also be due to the 4 off days recommendation. Some maids assumed it is a new law, they deserved to be granted off at the expense fo their employers. We owe them for failing to give rest days.
Note, some so-call sisters could be just friend. My helper told me, good maid will take off rest to really rest. 'Hardworking' maids will keep pestering for off days so that they can moonlight. By deducting $20-30/off day and use a few hours to earn quick bucks eg, sleep with man , she earns $50 per job. Also, my helper said pill are very cheap. There are maids who openly sell pills to prostitute-maid at S$0.50 each. They assumed it is alright to work for thier employers and continue to handle their children as dreadful diseases won't be passed to them so easily .
I asked my helper, why maids dont't mind being labelled as dirty women , she said, they had been motivated to do this for quick and easy cash. As long as their husbands in the dark, it is ok, most of them dont't mind being dirty to earn more and make friends. I'm surprised they are so open minded - thought village girls not so liberal? I'm a very conservative/traditional woman.
Personally, if maid wants off day and MOM doesn't put all the fault on us, eg they pregnant, contracted diseases, failed to perform usual job, Employer must be given the rights to fire maid home at their own costs (ie we no need to pay a single cent, suffer inconveniences or mental stress). As long as I'm not held responsible for maid's irresponsible acts, I'll fine to let her take off each month.
You may want to consider ask maid wait till loan over before enjoying off days. Let her know you understand she needed friends and rest. In the event she is found pregnant, contracted diseases or failed to perform usual job, she has to pay own ticket to go home. Ask her set aside money for you to buy one-way ticket back home. State this in black & white in case she accuses you of eating her money. Make her write herself.
Highlight what she has signed in the employment letter and remind her you're kind to let her rest and not moonlight. A good employee should not be afraid of signing such special clause - 行的正做的正 半夜不怕鬼敲门, 居心不良, 小心报应!
You found out that when she is alone at home with the kids, she will always call her sister..... shows she is bold to do things behind your back so ...... you trust her? Did you give her permission to use house phone?
My 1st maid did this to me. Pestering for off day and using my phone to call her cousin behind my back. Makes me feel not respected.
I installed CCTV as my princess alone with maid but she can still go out by taking my girl to playground so I won't know what she did outside.