The majority of the employers in Cyprus refuse to give you the release letter when you ask for it.
What might be the reason?
The reason is simple. They just don’t want to pay you your gratuity(Annual leave) or even the remaining salary.
If you don’t want to work in your employer’s house then it’s your right to get the release paper and look for a new employer. But in most of the cases that we have seen, employers tend to threaten housemaids and try to put fear in them.
Some of the common threats are:
- I will send you back to your country.
- I will call the police and they will put you in prison.
- If you go out of this house, you will be illegal.
- You will be banned forever to come to Cyprus.
Let me tell you something. These are all empty threats. Most employers don’t know that threatening their employees is a criminal offense and it can land them in jail too.
If you don’t want to work there, no one can force you. You are entitled to get a release paper and your employers are obliged to give it to you.
Educated employers who know how the law works will never threaten you. They understand your rights and won’t put fear in you. But some of the uneducated ones are mainly racist and they just want to show that they are superior to you.
Well, every problem has a solution. If the release is given then it’s fine, but if it’s not, you can cancel your contract and get the release legally by giving your employer a 30 days Notice period letter.
A notice letter is a document that you give your employer as regards to the termination of your contract. When you give a 30 days notice period, your employer also can find a replacement for you, and with a notice letter, your employer also can’t say “No” to a release paper.
If you wish to learn more, I suggest you click here to read how to write a notice letter and give it to your employer to get a release paper.
What to do while signing the Release Paper?
Employers can create drama while giving you the release paper. Here are some of the suggestions I advise you to follow while signing the release paper.
Read the release letter from top to bottom, line by line, and make sure you understand everything written in there.
Take out your phone and record your conversation. Warn your employer that this conversation is being recorded. The recording is essential just in case your employer might claim afterward that you stole things from their house. Ask your employer in a loud and clear voice to check your luggage before you leave.
Make sure all the money (salary + annual leave) that is balanced from them to you, is either given to you in hand or deposited in your bank account. Don’t believe them if they say they will give you the money later. If you sign the letter and if you don’t have the money, you can’t claim it, cause you have already signed the letter.
Don’t sign until and unless they give you your money. If they try to play foul, contact immigration as soon as possible.
They will threaten you by saying that you will be illegal if you don’t sign the letter. Don’t trust them. You won’t be illegal if you don’t sign the letter.
Don’t run-away from your employer’s house
The run-away option isn’t a good option until your life is in immediate danger. Give them a notice letter and get the release paper in a legal way. 30 days notice letter is advisable and accepted by the labor ministry.
Run-away only if your life is in danger. If everything is under control, don’t run-way.
Even if you feel that running away is your only option, never leave children, sick people, or extremely ill patients. If you do this, irrespective of your situation, you are liable for a criminal offense, and you can be sent to Jail. Follow the notice period suggestion and be out of there free in no time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write them down in the comment section below.
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