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Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on February 10
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened in Tai Po yesterday (February 10) night, in which a male worker who was engaged in street light cleaning work, while positioned on a moving lorry-mounted elevated work platform, became trapped on the work platform and sustained a head injury. He was later certified dead in hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on February 10
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on February 10
 
Employers and workers of construction industry urged to observe work-at-height safety Employers and workers of construction industry urged to observe work-at-height safety
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the recent spate of serious accidents related to work-at-height in the construction industry and reminds those working at height to pay special attention to work safety.
Employers and workers of construction industry urged to observe work-at-height safety
 
Statutory Minimum Wage
The Chief Executive in Council has adopted the recommendation of the Minimum Wage Commission to raise the Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate from its prevailing level of $34.5 per hour to $37.5 per hour. Subject to approval by the Legislative Council, the revised SMW rate will come into force on 1 May 2019…
Statutory Minimum Wage
Statutory Minimum Wage
 
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2018/2019 Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2018/2019
The answers and results of Safety Quiz Competition (Chinese version only)……
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2018/2019
 
5 days’ Statutory Paternity Leave takes effect on 18 January 2019
According to the Employment (Amendment) (No. 3) Ordinance 2018, male employees with child born on or after 18 January 2019 are entitled to 5 days’ paternity leave for each confinement of their spouse/partner if they fulfil other requirements as stipulated in law.
5 days’ Statutory Paternity Leave takes effect on 18 January 2019
5 days’ Statutory Paternity Leave takes effect on 18 January 2019
 
Labour Department to hold talk on employment of foreign domestic helpers Labour Department to hold talk on employment of foreign domestic helpers
The Labour Department will hold a talk on the employment of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) on February 22 (Friday), 2019 at 7:30pm at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Enrolment is now open.
Labour Department to hold talk on employment of foreign domestic helpers
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on January 12
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened on Stonecutters Island in the afternoon yesterday (January 12), in which a male worker while clearing debris fell through a floor opening from second floor to ground floor of a building under construction. The worker was certified dead in hospital. 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 fatal work accident on January 12
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on January 12
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on January 9 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on January 9
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in Diamond Hill this morning (January 9), in which a male worker fell from a bamboo truss-out scaffold on the external wall of a residential building and sustained fatal injuries. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and has expressed its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident on January 9
 
LD135(12/2018)
A revised form for Application for Examination / Endorsement for a Certificate of Competency (LD135) with version 12/2018 could be downloaded from the website : https://www.labour.gov.hk/form/bpvd/5_2000_a.pdf
With effect from 1 June 2019, only forms with version 12/2018 would be accepted.
LD135(12/2018)
LD135(12/2018)
 
Guidance Notes on Standing at Work and Service Counter Design Guidance Notes on Standing at Work and Service Counter Design
This GN aims to provide practical preventive measures to employers and employees on reducing the health risks of standing work, especially standing work with restricted movement. It also provides recommendations on how service counters should be designed to reduce the health risks faced by employees engaged in standing work at service counters.
Guidance Notes on Standing at Work and Service Counter Design
 
The Labour Department regularly publishes the conviction records of contravention of safety legislation
The Labour Department regularly publishes the conviction records of contravention of safety legislation
The Labour Department regularly publishes the conviction records of contravention of safety legislation
 
Joint efforts to foster occupational safety and health in catering industry Joint efforts to foster occupational safety and health in catering industry
The Labour Department has called on the catering industry to work together to establish a safe and healthy work environment to give employees and their family members peace of mind.
Joint efforts to foster occupational safety and health in catering industry
 
Reinstatement or Re-engagement Order for Unreasonable and Unlawful Dismissal
Where an employee has been unreasonably and unlawfully dismissed on or after 19 October 2018 and the employee makes a claim for reinstatement or re-engagement, the Labour Tribunal may make an order for reinstatement or re-engagement without the need to secure the employer’s agreement.
Reinstatement or Re-engagement Order for Unreasonable and Unlawful Dismissal
Reinstatement or Re-engagement Order for Unreasonable and Unlawful Dismissal
 
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2018/2019 Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2018/2019
The enrolment period for the site safety competition of the “Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2018/2019” was ended on 3 October 2018. Assessment is now in progress….
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2018/2019
 
A maximum allowance of $51,000 for employing a person with disabilities
Effective from 1 September 2018, the maximum amount of allowance for employing a person with disabilities under the Work Orientation and Placement Scheme will be increased to $51,000......
A maximum allowance of $51,000 for employing a person with disabilities
A maximum allowance of $51,000 for employing a person with disabilities
 
Action Plan to Tackle Trafficking-in-Persons and to Enhance Protection of Foreign Domestic Helpers Action Plan to Tackle Trafficking-in-Persons and to Enhance Protection of Foreign Domestic Helpers
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government announced the Action Plan to tackle trafficking-in- persons (TIP) and to Enhance Protection of Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDHs) on 21 March 2018, which outlines a collection of new and on-going inter-bureaux/departmental measures to combat TIP and enhance protection of FDHs.
Action Plan to Tackle Trafficking-in-Persons and to Enhance Protection of Foreign Domestic Helpers
 
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety in construction industry
The Award Presentation Ceremony of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme was held on March 18 to offer recognition to contractors, site personnel and workers who have had good occupational safety and health performances. The scheme also aims at strengthening awareness of occupational safety and health in the construction sector and elevating the level of its safety culture.
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety in construction industry
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety in construction industry
 
Code of Practice for Employment Agencies Code of Practice for Employment Agencies
Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 has come into effect. The Commissioner for Labour, pursuant to the ordinance, promulgated the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies to reflect the new legislative requirement, for compliance by Employment Agencies with a view to promoting professionalism and quality service in the industry.
Code of Practice for Employment Agencies
 
Maximum daily rates of reimbursable medical expenses increased for employees injured at work and occupational disease sufferers
The maximum daily rates of reimbursable medical expenses under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance and the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance have been increased with effect from 9 February 2018...
Maximum daily rates of reimbursable medical expenses increased for employees injured at work and occupational disease sufferers
Maximum daily rates of reimbursable medical expenses increased for employees injured at work and occupational disease sufferers
 
Guidance Notes on Safety and Health of Hand-dug Tunnelling Work Guidance Notes on Safety and Health of Hand-dug Tunnelling Work
The GN aims to provide practical guidance to proprietors, contractors and workers engaged in hand-dug tunnel construction work, and enhance the occupational safety and health (“OSH”) awareness of the relevant stakeholders. Workers participating in hand-dug tunnel construction work or underground utility laying works and other personnel involved in the work should also read the contents of the GN thoroughly to avoid the occurrence of accidents.
Guidance Notes on Safety and Health of Hand-dug Tunnelling Work
 
Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Hotline
If you have any complaints about unsafe workplaces and work practice, please call the Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Hotline at 2542 2172
Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Hotline
Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Hotline
 
Relocation of Hong Kong East Office of Labour Relations Division

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

 

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)
 
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 (http://www.whs.gov.hk)
Website on Working Holiday Scheme (http://www.whs.gov.hk)
 

Website on Working Holiday Scheme

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)
 
Working Hours Policy
The Standard Working Hours Committee submitted its report to the Government in January 2017 to put up recommendations on working hours policy direction.

Working Hours Policy

Working Hours Policy
 
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 ...
 

New videos on successful employment of people with disabilities

 

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

Minimum Wage Reference Calculator



Minimum Wage Reference Calculator

 
Progress Report on Construction Safety Forum

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

 

Progress Report on Construction Safety Forum
 

Report on Construction Safety Forum
(Traditional Chinese Version Only)

Report on Construction Safety Forum


Report on Construction Safety Forum

 
 
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Topical Issues
+ Occupational Safety and Health Conviction Records
+ Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme
+ Work Safety Alert
+ Systemic Safety Alert
+ Concise Work Accident Investigation Report
+ Statutory Minimum Wage
+ Minimum Wage Reference Calculator
+ Employment Programme for the Elderly and Middle-aged
+ Portable Residual Current Device Sponsorship Scheme for SMEs (Traditional Chinese Version Only)
+ Safety Helmets with Y-type Chin Straps Sponsorship Scheme for SMEs
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 2019
+ Statutory Holidays for 2018
+ Monthly Highlight of Job Seekers with Disabilities
+ Code of Practice in times of Typhoons and Rainstorms (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 2017
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Other Activities
Seminar on the Employment Ordinance (conducted in Chinese)
+ 20 February 2019 (PDF)
Talk on employment of foreign domestic helpers
+ 22 February 2019 (PDF)
Occupational Health Talk (conducted in Chinese)
+ 2.2019 (PDF)
+ 3.2019 (PDF)
+ 4.2019 (PDF)
Construction Safety Week
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Latest Amendments to Labour Laws
+ Summary of the Employment (Amendment) (No. 3) Ordinance 2018 on statutory paternity leave
+ Reinstatement or Re-engagement Order for Unreasonable and Unlawful Dismissal
+ Maximum daily rates of reimbursable medical expenses increased for employees injured at work and occupational disease sufferers
+ Raising the Levels of Compensation under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance and the Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance
+ Summary of Major Amendments made under the Protection of Wages on Insolvency (Amendment) Ordinance 2012
+ Summary of Major Amendments made under the Pneumoconiosis (Compensation) (Amendment) Ordinance 2008
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