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Statutory Minimum Wage
The Statutory Minimum Wage rate is raised to $34.5 per hour with effect from 1 May 2017…

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Safety Helmets with Y-type Chin Straps Sponsorship Scheme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of Construction Industry launched

Safety Helmets with Y-type Chin Straps Sponsorship Scheme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of Construction Industry launched
The Labour Department (LD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Council (OSHC) jointly held a Work-at-height Safety Seminar on April 25 to strengthen the awareness and knowledge of construction industry stakeholders, including contractors, employers and employees, of the potential risks of working at height so as to further enhance work-at-height safety. The LD and the OSHC also announced at the event the launch of the new Safety Helmets with Y-type Chin Straps Sponsorship Scheme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of Construction Industry to subsidise small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in the construction industry to acquire safety helmets with Y-type chin straps that conform to safety standards in order to encourage the use of such helmets.

Safety Helmets with Y-type Chin Straps Sponsorship Scheme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of Construction Industry launched

 

Relocation of Hong Kong East Office of Labour Relations Division
With effect from 18.4.2017, the new address of the Hong Kong East Office of the Labour Relations Division will be: 12/F, CityPlaza Three, 14 Taikoo Wan Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong.

Relocation of Hong Kong East Office of Labour Relations Division

Relocation of Hong Kong East Office of Labour Relations Division

 
LD launches construction occupational safety enhancement campaign

LD launches construction occupational safety enhancement campaign
The Labour Department (LD), together with the Occupational Safety and Health Council (OSHC), the Development Bureau (DEVB) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC), on April 12 jointly held the Construction Industry High-risk-work Safety Summit with the aim of enhancing occupational safety. Representatives of government departments, trade associations, labour unions and other relevant organisations attended the Summit to have in-depth discussions and exchanges of views on how to enhance work safety in the construction industry. The LD also announced the launch of the Occupational Safety Enhancement Campaign "Construction Industry: Safety First".

LD launches construction occupational safety enhancement campaign

 
Seminar on the Minimum Wage Ordinance on 10 May 2017
Employers, human resources practitioners and employees are welcome to attend ...

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Labour Department highly concerned about the fatal work accident that happened on April 5

Labour Department highly concerned about the fatal work accident that happened on April 5
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened at Yuen Long in the afternoon of April 5, in which a worker was crushed by an overturning huge metal tube in a depot and sustained fatal injury. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker in the accident and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.

Labour Department highly concerned about the fatal work accident that happened on April 5

 

Labour Department adopts multi-pronged approach to promote occupational safety of construction industry
The Commissioner for Labour, Mr Carlson Chan, has said that he is highly concerned about the recent spate of fatal industrial accidents and pledged that the Labour Department (LD) will investigate the causes of the accidents in full. The LD will continue to work with stakeholders to improve safety measures and step up promotion and education efforts, with the aim of enhancing the occupational safety and health of the construction industry.

Labour Department adopts multi-pronged approach to promote occupational safety of construction industry

Labour Department adopts multi-pronged approach to promote occupational safety of construction industry

 
Labour Department responding proactively to recent fatal industrial accidents

Labour Department responding proactively to recent fatal industrial accidents
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the recent spate of fatal industrial accidents. The LD is saddened by the death of workers in the accidents and expresses its deepest condolences to the victims' families.

Labour Department responding proactively to recent fatal industrial accidents

 

Compensation Levels Increased for Work Injuries and Occupational Diseases
The levels of compensation under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance and the Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance have been increased with effect from 1 April 2017…

Compensation Levels Increased for Work Injuries and Occupational Diseases

Compensation Levels Increased for Work Injuries and Occupational Diseases

 

Employment Agencies Portal (http://www.eaa.labour.gov.hk)

Employment Agencies Portal (http://www.eaa.labour.gov.hk)
The Labour Department has launched the Employment Agencies Portal providing information related to regulation of employment agencies (EAs). Users can also check if an EA has a valid licence by the built-in search function.
Employment Agencies Portal (http://www.eaa.labour.gov.hk)
 
Code of Practice for Employment Agencies
To promote professionalism and quality service in the employment agency industry, the Labour Department has promulgated the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies for compliance by the industry.

Code of Practice for Employment Agencies

Code of Practice for Employment Agencies
 

Website on Working Holiday Scheme

Website on Working Holiday Scheme (http://www.whs.gov.hk)
The Labour Department has launched a new dedicated website on Working Holiday Scheme, providing comprehensive information as well as useful tips and experience shared by previous working holidaymakers.
Website on Working Holiday Scheme
 
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2016/2017
The results of Site Safety Competition (Chinese version only)…

Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2016/2017

Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2016/2017
 

Safety Quiz Competition

Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2016/2017
The answers and results of Safety Quiz Competition (Chinese version only)……
Safety Quiz Competition
 
Website on Foreign Domestic Helpers (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk)
To facilitate Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs), their employers as well as the public to access to information such as the policy and labour legislation relating to the employment of FDHs, Labour Department has launched a dedicated website……

Website on Foreign Domestic Helpers (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk)

Website on Foreign Domestic Helpers (www.fdh.labour.gov.hk)
 
Statutory Paternity Leave commenced on 27 February 2015 Statutory Paternity Leave commenced on 27 February 2015
The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 on statutory paternity leave commenced on 27 February 2015. Male employees with child born on or after 27 February 2015 are entitled to 3 days’ paid paternity leave to be taken consecutively or separately for each confinement of their spouse/partner if they fulfil other requirements as stipulated in the law.
Statutory Paternity Leave will commence on 27 February 2015
 

Standard Working Hours Committee
The Standard Working Hours Committee (SWHC) is a consultative body to advise on standard working hours and related issues. SWHC submitted its report to the Chief Executive in January 2017.
 

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New videos on successful employment of people with disabilities

New videos on successful employment of people with disabilities
To enhance public awareness of the working abilities of people with disabilities, the Selective Placement Division has produced a brand new series of videos ...



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Minimum Wage Reference Calculator
Facilitating employers and employees in computing minimum wage ...
 

Minimum Wage Reference Calculator
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Progress Report on 
Construction Safety Forum

Progress Report on
Construction Safety Forum
(Traditional Chinese Version Only)


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Report on Construction Safety Forum
(Traditional Chinese Version Only)

Report on Construction Safety Forum
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Topical Issues
+ Occupational Safety Enhancement Campaign “Construction Industry: Safety First”
+ Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme
+ Work Safety Alert
+ Systemic Safety Alert
+ Statutory Minimum Wage
+ Minimum Wage Reference Calculator
+ Employment Programme for the Middle-aged
+ Portable Residual Current Device Sponsorship Scheme for SMEs (Traditional Chinese Version Only)
Useful Information
+ Guidelines on Safe Use of Lifting Frames and Launching Girders for Bridge Construction (PDF)
+ Information for Repair, Maintenance, Alteration and Addition (RMAA) Works (PDF)
+ Employers Must Take out Employees’ Compensation Insurance
+ Latest Labour Market Situation
+ Statutory Holidays for 2017
+ Statutory Holidays for 2016
+ Monthly Highlight of Job Seekers with Disabilities
+ Prepare Work Arrangements in times of Typhoons and Rainstorms Promptly (PDF)
+ Guidelines for Notification of Your Workplace (Notification Form)(PDF)
+

Lists of Typical Courses in Occupational Safety and Health accepted as Continuing Professional Development Programmes

Publications
+ Labour Department Annual Report 2015
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Other Activities
Seminar on the Minimum Wage Ordinance
+ 10 May 2017 (PDF)
CIC Seminar
Safety of Lift Shaft Works (Volume 4 – Builders’ Lift within Lift Shaft)
+ 11.1.2017 (PDF)
Occupational Health Talk (conducted in Chinese)
+ 4.2017 (PDF)
+ 5.2017 (PDF)
Construction Safety Week
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Latest Amendments to Labour Laws
+ Raising the Levels of Compensation under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance and the Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance
+ 3 September 2015 has been designated as an additional Statutory Holiday and General Holiday
+ Key features of the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 on statutory paternity leave
+ Summary of Major Amendments made under the Protection of Wages on Insolvency (Amendment) Ordinance 2012
+ Commencement of the Second Phase Certification Requirement of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Loadshifting Machinery) Regulation
+ Summary of Major Amendments to the Employment Ordinance and the General Holidays Ordinance made under the General Holidays and Employment Legislation (Substitution of Holidays) (Amendment) Ordinance 2011
+ Summary of Major Amendments to the Employment Ordinance made under the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2010
+ Amendments under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance to recognise certification given by Chinese medicine practitioners
+ Summary of Major Amendments made under the Pneumoconiosis (Compensation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2008
+ Summary of Major Amendments to the Employment Ordinance made under the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2007 (PDF)
+ Summary of Major Amendments to the Employment Ordinance made under the Certification for Employee Benefits (Chinese Medicine)(Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2006 (PDF)
+ Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Loadshifting Machinery) Regulation
+ The maximum penalty for wage offences has been raised
+ The Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Gas Welding and Flame Cutting) Regulation has come into full operation on 1 March 2004
+ Amendments to the Construction Sites (Safety) Regulations and three other regulations
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