Highlights
New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme
The New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme, targeted at Hong Kong residents holding bachelor degrees or above awarded by local institutions or institutions outside Hong Kong in 2019 or 2020, provides university graduates with over 2 000
posts lasting for at least 6 months. Eligible job
seekers can visit the website of the Hong Kong
Chinese Enterprises Association at
http://job.hkcea.com/ to apply for the posts.
New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme
New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme
Latest social distancing measures of the Labour Department Latest social distancing measures of the Labour Department
In view of the latest development of COVID-19, the Labour Department (LD) has implemented flexible work arrangements of staff and further social distancing measures with effect from November 26 to lower the risk of COVID-19 further spreading in the community.
Latest social distancing measures of the Labour Department
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on November 23
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in Kwai Chung Container Terminal 5 this afternoon (November 23), in which a diver while carrying out underwater welding work was drowned and certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the employee in the accident and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on November 23
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on November 23
Labour Department launches Racial Diversity Employment Programme to promote employment of ethnic minorities Labour Department launches Racial Diversity Employment Programme to promote employment of ethnic minorities
The Labour Department today (November 1) launched the Racial Diversity Employment Programme to provide one-stop employment support services for ethnic minority job seekers in a case management approach.
Labour Department launches Racial Diversity Employment Programme to promote employment of ethnic minorities
Construction Industry Safety Promotional Campaign 2020/2021
To keep stakeholders in the construction industry alert to work safety to further reduce the accident toll, the Labour Department (LD) and stakeholders in the industry have jointly organised a new Construction Industry Safety Promotional Campaign 2020/2021. The campaign aims at encouraging both employers and employees in the construction sector to co-operate with each other to create a safer and healthier working environment. LD today (October 29) launches the campaign. All contractors, site personnel and workers, students and the public are welcome to participate in various activities of the campaign …
Construction Industry Safety Promotional Campaign 2020/2021
Construction Industry Safety Promotional Campaign 2020/2021
Extension of Statutory Maternity Leave from 10 Weeks to 14 Weeks Extension of Statutory Maternity Leave from 10 Weeks to 14 Weeks
The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (Amendment Ordinance) seeks to increase the maternity leave (ML) under the Employment Ordinance (EO) (Cap. 57) by four weeks. The Amendment Ordinance also covers two technical amendments which include updating the definition of "miscarriage" under EO; and accepting a certificate of attendance issued by medical professionals as documentary proof for entitling an eligible employee to sickness allowance for any day on which the employee has attended a medical examination in relation to her pregnancy.
Extension of Statutory Maternity Leave from 10 Weeks to 14 Weeks
Labour Department continues to arrange free COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers waiting to join new employers' family
The Labour Department (LD) announced today (October 22) that the free COVID-19 testing service will continue to be provided for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) waiting to join their new employers' family from October 27 to November 21, 2020.
Labour Department continues to arrange free COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers waiting to join new employers' family
Labour Department continues to arrange free COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers waiting to join new employers' family
Labour Department's response to media enquiries on Cathay Pacific Group's restructuring Labour Department's response to media enquiries on Cathay Pacific Group's restructuring
In response to media enquiries about the restructuring of Cathay Pacific Group, a spokesman for the Labour Department (LD) today (October 21) expressed deep concern and called upon the group to maintain effective communication with its employees over employment termination matters with appropriate arrangements.
Labour Department's response to media enquiries on Cathay Pacific Group's restructuring
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 7
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Wong Chuk Hang this afternoon (October 7), in which a male worker was pressed by a collapsed wall while he was drilling the wall. He was certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to his family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 7
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 7
Catering Industry Safety Inspiration Programme 2020/2021 Catering Industry Safety Inspiration Programme 2020/2021
The Labour Department (LD) and key stakeholders in the industry have jointly organised a new Catering Industry Safety Inspiration Programme 2020/2021. The programme aims at uniting the power of the catering industry to work together under the epidemic situation and to promote a good occupational safety and health culture. LD today (September 30) launches the programme. All licensed catering establishments are welcome to join the programme by enrolment on or before 31 October 2020. The participants who satisfy the specified criteria during the programme period will be presented with certificates of appreciation and fabulous gifts.
Catering Industry Safety Inspiration Programme 2020/2021
Minimum Allowable Wage and food allowance for foreign domestic helpers remain unchanged
The Government announced on 29 September 2020 that the Minimum Allowable Wage for foreign domestic helpers will remain at $4,630 per month, and the food allowance will remain at not less than $1,121 per month.
Minimum Allowable Wage and food allowance for foreign domestic helpers remain unchanged
Minimum Allowable Wage and food allowance for foreign domestic helpers remain unchanged
Labour Department launches enhancement measures to promote employment of elderly and middle-aged people, young people and persons with disabilities  Labour Department launches enhancement measures to promote employment of elderly and middle-aged people, young people and persons with disabilities
The Labour Department (LD) today (September 1) launched new measures to enhance its employment programmes with the aim of strengthening employment support for elderly and middle-aged people, young people and persons with disabilities.
Labour Department launches enhancement measures to promote employment of elderly and middle-aged people, young people and persons with disabilities
Get a maximum allowance of $60,000 for employing a person with disabilities
Effective from 1 September 2020, the maximum amount of allowance for employing a person with disabilities under the Work Orientation and Placement Scheme will be increased to $60,000......
Get a maximum allowance of $60,000 for employing a person with disabilities
Get a maximum allowance of $60,000 for employing a person with disabilities
Labour Department postpones 2020 Working Hours Situation Household Survey Labour Department postpones 2020 Working Hours Situation Household Survey
In view of the development of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Labour Department (LD) announced today (August 21) the postponement of the 2020 Working Hours Situation Household Survey. All scheduled survey field visits have been suspended and enumerators of the commissioned research firm will not visit or contact the selected households through any means. The LD will inform the households concerned of the arrangement by notification letters.
Labour Department postpones 2020 Working Hours Situation Household Survey
Labour Department reminds foreign domestic helpers and employers of specifications relating to travelling to Hong Kong
The Government announced today (July 18) that it had gazetted the specifications under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) to impose conditions based on public health grounds in order to further reduce the number of imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A traveller who, on the day on which the traveller boarded a civil aviation aircraft that arrives at, or is about to arrive at Hong Kong, or during the 14 days before that day, has stayed in any specified place (i.e. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa), he/she must meet the conditions specified by the Secretary for Food and Health. The relevant specifications will come into effect at 0.00am on July 25, 2020, and will remain effective until further notice.
Labour Department reminds foreign domestic helpers and employers of specifications relating to travelling to Hong Kong
Labour Department reminds foreign domestic helpers and employers of specifications relating to travelling to Hong Kong
“Career Let’s go” “Career Let’s go”
The Labour Department has launched a special programme – “Career Let’s go” from June to August to help this year’s secondary school leavers find suitable work through a series of diversified pre-employment training and employment services.
“Career Let’s go”
Subsidy Scheme for Employment Agencies to be introduced under Anti-epidemic Fund
The Labour Department (LD) today (June 2) announced that a Subsidy Scheme for Employment Agencies (EAs) will be introduced under the Anti-epidemic Fund to assist EAs to tide over the difficulties arising from the COVID-19 epidemic.
Subsidy Scheme for Employment Agencies to be introduced under Anti-epidemic Fund
Subsidy Scheme for Employment Agencies to be introduced under Anti-epidemic Fund
Flexibility arrangement to extend validity period of foreign domestic helpers' contracts and points to note for home quarantine for foreign domestic helpers travelling to Hong Kong Flexibility arrangement to extend validity period of foreign domestic helpers' contracts and points to note for home quarantine for foreign domestic helpers travelling to Hong Kong
In response to the latest development of the COVID-19 infection, the Government today (March 19) announced that the flexibility arrangement to extend the validity period of the contracts of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) will be extended with immediate effect. The Labour Department (LD) also appeals to employers of FDHs and employment agencies (EAs) to make necessary arrangements to accommodate the compulsory home quarantine for FDHs travelling to Hong Kong, which is effective today.
Flexibility arrangement to extend validity period of foreign domestic helpers' contracts and points to note for home quarantine for foreign domestic helpers travelling to Hong Kong
Labour Department appeals to employers and employment agencies to make arrangements for foreign domestic helpers undergoing compulsory home quarantine
The Labour Department (LD) today (March 18) appeals to employers of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and employment agencies (EAs) to make necessary arrangement to accommodate the compulsory home quarantine for FDHs travelling to Hong Kong.
Labour Department appeals to employers and employment agencies to make arrangements for foreign domestic helpers undergoing compulsory home quarantine
Labour Department appeals to employers and employment agencies to make arrangements for foreign domestic helpers undergoing compulsory home quarantine
Protection under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance for employees contracting the Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent in the course of work Protection under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance for employees contracting the Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent in the course of work
In response to media reports that employees, including medical staff, would not be entitled to protection under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance (ECO) if they contract the Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent (novel coronavirus), a Government spokesman made the following clarification today (February 10):
Protection under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance for employees contracting the Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent in the course of work
Government appeals to employers to make arrangements to reduce risk of spread of novel coronavirus in community
In relation to a mandatory quarantine on all people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland, the Government appeals to employers to work out necessary arrangements in consultation with their employees working across the border.
Government appeals to employers to make arrangements to reduce risk of spread of novel coronavirus in community
Government appeals to employers to make arrangements to reduce risk of spread of novel coronavirus in community
Congratulations to the YETP Most Improved Trainees 2019 Congratulations to the YETP Most Improved Trainees 2019
To showcase the improvement of trainees after joining YETP as well as to commend the caring efforts of training bodies and employers, the Labour Department organises “the YETP Most Improved Trainees Awards” every year. Winners of this year’s Most Improved Trainees Awards and Merit Awards have been selected. Let’s take a look at the award ceremony!
Congratulations to the YETP Most Improved Trainees 2019
Reducing the Health Risks of Standing at Work
To enhance the awareness of employers and employees on reducing the health risks of standing at work, the Labour Department has produced a brand new TV announcement.
Reducing the Health Risks of Standing at Work
Reducing the Health Risks of Standing at Work
New Category “Workplace Consultation Related Information” Available in GovHK Notifications Mobile Application New Category “Workplace Consultation Related Information” Available in GovHK Notifications Mobile Application
The Labour Department from now on releases information related to the Employment Ordinance and good human resource management through the GovHK Notifications mobile application (“the App”). Users of the App who are interested in receiving related messages can select “Workplace Consultation Related Information” under “Category” on the menu of the App. Corresponding notifications will be received by such users whenever the Labour Department delivers messages through the App.
New Category “Workplace Consultation Related Information” Available in GovHK Notifications Mobile Application
Removal Notice of the Registration and Staff Training Division of the Labour Department
Starting from 4 July 2019, the Registration and Staff Training Division (RSTD) of the Labour Department has been relocated from Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre to Units 815-816, 8/F, Grand City Plaza, 1-17 Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories.
Removal Notice of the Registration and Staff Training Division of the Labour Department
Removal Notice of the Registration and Staff Training Division of the Labour Department
Compensation levels for work injuries and occupational diseases increased and list of medical appliances for pneumoconiosis or mesothelioma sufferers expanded Compensation levels for work injuries and occupational diseases increased and list of medical appliances for pneumoconiosis or mesothelioma sufferers expanded
The new levels of compensation under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance (PMCO) and the Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance, as well as the expanded list of medical appliances under PMCO will take effect from 26 April 2019…
Compensation levels for work injuries and occupational diseases increased and list of medical appliances for pneumoconiosis or mesothelioma sufferers expanded
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
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
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
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
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
Guidance Notes on Safety and Health of Hand-dug Tunnelling Work
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)
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
New videos on successful employment of people with disabilities
 
Online Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Form
Occupational Health Clinic
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Topical Issues
+ Conviction records on failure to pay wages or sum awarded
+ Occupational Safety and Health Conviction Records
+ 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)
Useful Information
+ Points to Note - When Wage Reductions and Retrenchments are Unavoidable
+ Briefing for Imported Workers under the Supplementary Labour Scheme
+ Online Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Form
+ 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 2021
+ Statutory Holidays for 2020
+ 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)
Publications
+ Labour Department Annual Report 2019
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Other Activities
New Graduates-New Opportunities Scheme
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Occupational Health Talk (conducted in Chinese)
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Construction Safety Week
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Latest Amendments to Labour Laws
+ Increasing the Levels of Compensation under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance and the Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance, and Expanding the List of Medical Appliances under the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance
+ 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
+ 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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