Raising the Levels of Compensation under
the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance,
the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance and
the Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance

  • The Employees’ Compensation Ordinance (ECO) provides for the payment of statutory compensation to injured employees and family members of deceased employees for prescribed occupational diseases, injuries or deaths caused by accidents arising out of and in the course of employment.
  • The Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance (PMCO) provides for the payment of compensation to persons and their family members in respect of incapacity or deaths resulting from pneumoconiosis and/or mesothelioma.
  • The Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance (ODCO) provides compensation to persons who suffer from noise-induced deafness by reason of employment in the specified noisy occupations.
  • The Legislative Council passed three resolutions on 4 February 2015 to increase the amounts of a total of 18 compensation items under ECO, PMCO and ODCO. The revised levels of compensation have taken effect from 5 March 2015.

ECO

  • The amounts of nine compensation items under ECO have been raised. The new levels of compensation are applicable to work injuries caused by accidents happening or prescribed occupational diseases contracted on or after 5 March 2015. Details of the amendments are as follows:

 

Item under ECO

Level before revision ($)

Revised Level ($)

1.

Ceiling of monthly earnings for calculating compensation for death and permanent total incapacity

23,580

26,070

2.

Minimum compensation for death

340,040

375,950

3.

Minimum compensation for permanent total incapacity

386,110

426,880

4.

Compensation for employees requiring attention

462,890

511,770

5.

Minimum amount of surcharge on late payment of compensation

  • initial surcharge
  • further surcharge

 


550
1,100

 


610
1,220

6.

Maximum amount of funeral expenses

70,000

76,220

7.

Cost of supplying and fitting a prosthesis or surgical appliance

33,460

36,430

8.

Cost of the repair and renewal of a prosthesis or surgical appliance

101,390

110,390

9

Minimum monthly earnings for calculating employees’ compensation

3,490

3,690

  • Please click here to view the amendment resolution relating to ECO published in the Government Gazette.

PMCO

  • The amounts of five compensation items under PMCO have been raised. The new levels of compensation are used to calculate the compensation payable to patients of pneumoconiosis or mesothelioma on or after 5 March 2015. For compensation items relating to death, the revised levels are applicable to cases with the date of death occurring on or after 5 March 2015. Details of the amendments are as follows:

 

Item under PMCO

Level before revision($)

Revised Level ($)

1.

Compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenities

3,220

4,650

2.

Compensation for bereavement

101,390

110,390

3.

Minimum compensation for death

101,390

110,390

4.

Maximum amount of funeral expenses

70,000

76,220

5.

Compensation for care and attention

4,520

4,930

  • Please click here to view the amendment resolution relating to PMCO published in the Government Gazette.

ODCO

  • The amounts of four compensation items under ODCO have been raised. The new levels of compensation are applicable to cases with the date of the determination of the compensation amount and the financing amount for hearing assistive devices (HADs) on or after 5 March 2015. Details of the amendments are as follows:

 

Item under ODCO

Level before revision($)

Revised Level ($)

1.

Maximum sum for calculating the amount of compensation for permanent incapacity

  • Age under 40
  • Age 40 to under 56
  • Age 56 or above

 


2,263,680

1,697,760

1,131,840

 


2,502,720

1,877,040

1,251,360

2.

Minimum sum for calculating the amount of compensation for permanent incapacity

386,110

426,880

3.

Financing limit for first-time applications for HADs

12,000

15,000

4.

Aggregate financing limit for HADs

36,000

52,000

  • Please click here to view the amendment resolution relating to ODCO published in the Government Gazette.

Enquiries

  • Enquiry Hotline: 2717 1771 (the hotline is handled by “the 1823 Call Centre”)