The Committee on Labour Relations (CLR) has been in place since May 1985 to advise on the promotion of harmonious labour relations and legislation on employment conditions and labour relations matters.
7.2 Terms of Reference
The committee is established to:
advise on means to promote amicable relations and mutual understanding between employers and employees, and between their respective organisations;
advise on legislative proposals on employment conditions and labour relations and review existing legislation; and
advise on measures to be adopted by the Labour Department (LD) with a view to improving its conciliation service.
Members of the CLR are appointed by the Commissioner for Labour. The composition of the committee for the term 2007-2008 is as follows:
Deputy Commissioner for Labour (Labour Administration)
Three employer representatives from the Labour Advisory Board
Three employee representatives from the Labour Advisory Board
Two employer representatives from outside the Labour Advisory Board
Two employee representatives from outside the Labour Advisory Board
A representative of Human Resources Practitioners
Assistant Commissioner for Labour (Labour Relations)
A Labour Officer of the Labour Department
The membership list of the CLR for the term 2007-2008 is at Appendix IV.
7.4 Activities during the 2007-2008 Term
During the 2007-2008 term, the CLR provided valuable advice to the LD on a range of labour relations matters, including strategies in promoting the Employment Ordinance (EO) and good people management practices. The CLR noted and supported the findings of a review of section 64B of the EO on the criminal liability of the responsible persons of a body corporate with regard to wage offences.