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Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on September 16
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a retail shop in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday afternoon (September 16), in which a man was suspected to have been electrocuted while doing electrical work. The LD is saddened by the death of the victim and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on September 16
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on September 16
Labour Department to fully resume public services from September 15 Labour Department to fully resume public services from September 15
To align with the Government's announcement to fully resume normal public services subject to the implementation of targeted measures to reduce social contact and the application of infection control measures, all service counters and the two occupational health clinics in Kwun Tong and Fanling under the Labour Department (LD) will resume normal opening hours from next Tuesday (September 15).
Labour Department to fully resume public services from September 15
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
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 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
Foreign domestic helpers waiting to join new employers' family may make appointment for free COVID-19 testing service from August 24
The Labour Department (LD) will commence registration tomorrow (August 24) for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) whose previous employment contracts have expired or have been terminated and who are waiting to join the new employers' family to make an appointment for a COVID-19 testing service. The testing is voluntary and free of charge. Eligible FDHs are required to make a prior appointment by telephone and provide their specimens at a specific time slot at Harbour Road Sports Centre, the designated temporary specimen collection centre.
Foreign domestic helpers waiting to join new employers' family may make appointment for free COVID-19 testing service from August 24
Foreign domestic helpers waiting to join new employers' family may make appointment for free COVID-19 testing service from August 24
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's public occupational health talks suspended
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Labour Department announced today (August 13) that its public occupational health talks have been suspended until further notice. Enrolled participants will be informed of the cancellations.
Labour Department's public occupational health talks suspended
Labour Department's public occupational health talks suspended
Labour Department arranges from August 9 onwards COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies Labour Department arranges from August 9 onwards COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies
The Labour Department (LD) arranges from today (August 9) onwards a free, one-off COVID-19 testing service for all foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies (EAs). The testing agency (Prenetics Limited) will deliver in batches specimen bottles to licensed EAs providing boarding facilities to FDHs for collecting deep throat saliva samples from the relevant FDHs.
Labour Department arranges from August 9 onwards COVID-19 testing service for foreign domestic helpers staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies
Government implements a series of measures to reduce the health risks faced by foreign domestic helpers staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies
The Government announced today (August 6) that a series of measures will be implemented promptly to reduce the health risks faced by foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies (EAs) and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.
Government implements a series of measures to reduce the health risks faced by foreign domestic helpers staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies
Government implements a series of measures to reduce the health risks faced by foreign domestic helpers staying in boarding facilities of employment agencies
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 23 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 23
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kai Tak yesterday afternoon (July 23), in which a male worker was working on the top of a mechanical device. The ground on which the device located suddenly subsided. He fell together with the device into the subsided ground and was certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 23
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 21
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kowloon City this afternoon (July 21), in which a reinforcement bar structure collapsed killing one worker and injuring six. The LD is saddened by the death and injuries of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the deceased's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 21
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 21
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 20 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 20
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kowloon Bay this afternoon (July 20), in which a male worker was suspected to have received an electric shock while moving a cable of an electric arc welding machine. He became unconscious and was certified dead in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 20
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
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 14 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 14
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kai Tak this morning (July 14), in which a male worker while assisting in loading machine components onto the compartment of a lorry was hit by a machine component slid down on the lorry compartment. He was injured and certified dead in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on July 14
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 30
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the fatal work accident that happened at a construction site of the Airport Three Runway System project at Chek Lap Kok this afternoon (June 30), in which two male workers while repairing a machine were struck by the wire rope of the machine, and one of them died and the other injured. The LD is saddened by the death and injury of the workers, and has expressed its deepest sympathy to the deceased's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 30
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 30
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 27 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 27
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kai Tak this afternoon (June 27), in which a male worker while erecting bamboo scaffold at the external wall at upper floor level of a building under construction was struck by a metal stanchion fallen from above, who then fell together with the stanchion onto the podium of the building and died. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 27
Labour Department highly concerned about the work accident that happened on June 14
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a serious work accident that happened at the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre in Tsing Yi this morning (June 14), in which ten workers were injured when a metal scaffold erected inside the chimney of a combustion chamber for repairing and maintenance work collapsed.
Labour Department highly concerned about the work accident that happened on June 14
Labour Department highly concerned about the work accident that happened on June 14
“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”
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 4
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at the rear lane of a commercial building in Wan Chai yesterday afternoon (June 4), in which a male worker fell from height while dismantling a metal scaffold. He was certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 4
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 4
Subsidy Scheme for Employment Agencies to be introduced under Anti-epidemic Fund 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
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 1
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a recycling yard in Yuen Long this morning (June 1), in which a male worker fell from height while assisting in unloading metal scraps. He was certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 1
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on June 1
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on May 13 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on May 13
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at Hong Kong MTR Station in Central this morning (May 13), in which a male worker fell through a structure inside a plant room to the railway below. He was certified dead later in a hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on May 13
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on May 8
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at a construction site in Tsuen Wan this afternoon (May 8), in which a male worker fell from the upper level of a bamboo scaffold at the external wall of a building under renovation. He was certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on May 8
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on May 8
Foreign domestic helpers applying to extend limit of stay to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic Foreign domestic helpers applying to extend limit of stay to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic
In response to the latest development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government today (March 21) announced that applications from foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) to extend their limit of stay in Hong Kong as visitors will be flexibly considered.
Foreign domestic helpers applying to extend limit of stay to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
Congratulations to the YETP Most Improved Trainees 2019
Reducing the Health Risks of Standing at Work 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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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
Code of Practice for Employment Agencies
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
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)
Employment Agencies Portal (http://www.eaa.labour.gov.hk)
Website on Working Holiday Scheme (http://www.whs.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)
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
 
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