Highlights
 
Safety Quiz Competition
The enrolment period for the Safety Quiz Competition of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2019/2020 ended on 29 October 2019. Assessment is now in progress….
Safety Quiz Competition
Safety Quiz Competition
 
Catering Industry Safety Award Scheme (2019/2020) Catering Industry Safety Award Scheme (2019/2020)
The answers and results of Safety Quiz Competition (Chinese version only)………
Catering Industry Safety Award Scheme (2019/2020)
 
Job Fair for Middle-aged and Elderly Employment (Over 4 600 vacancies on offer)
The Labour Department will hold the Job Fair for Middle-aged and Elderly Employment at Sheung Wan Civic Centre Exhibition Hall on 13 – 15 November 2019, 11:00-17:30 [Last admission at 17:00]. Around 72 employers will conduct on-the-spot recruitment, offering over 4 600 vacancies suitable for middle-aged and elderly job seekers.
Job Fair for Middle-aged and Elderly Employment (Over 4 600 vacancies on offer)
Job Fair for Middle-aged and Elderly Employment (Over 4 600 vacancies on offer)
 
Individuals overseas reminded to remain vigilant against email scams Individuals overseas reminded to remain vigilant against email scams
The Immigration Department (ImmD) and the Labour Department (LD) recently received enquiries from individuals overseas about emails from unknown sources offering employment in Hong Kong under an Employment for Professionals Assessment Scheme and requesting recipients to provide personal data and pay a fee. The Government reminds people who have received similar suspicious emails to remain vigilant against possible scams.
Individuals overseas reminded to remain vigilant against email scams
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 17
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in Discovery Bay this afternoon (October 17), in which a male worker while cleaning a split-type air-conditioner at the external wall of a residential unit located on the second floor fell from height to the ground. 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 that happened on October 17
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 17
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 8 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 8
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in Tuen Mun this afternoon (October 8), in which a male worker was pressed by a lift car while he was carrying out lift installation work inside the lift shaft of a residential building under construction. The worker was certified dead in hospital. 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 that happened on October 8
 
Labour Department clarifies recent concerns on employees' compensation protection for employees
​According to the Employees' Compensation Ordinance (ECO), if an employee sustains an injury or dies as a result of an accident arising out of and in the course of his employment, his employer is in general liable to pay compensation under the Ordinance. The ECO requires all employers to take out a policy of insurance to cover their liabilities both under the Ordinance and at common law for injuries at work in respect of their employees. As specified in the ECO, when an insured employer is liable to pay employees' compensation to his employee in respect of a work injury, such sum shall become due and payable by the insurer, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the policy of insurance.
Labour Department clarifies recent concerns on employees' compensation protection for employees
Labour Department clarifies recent concerns on employees' compensation protection for employees
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 4 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on October 4
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in a container yard at Tin Shui Wai today (October 4), in which a male worker, while inspecting containers in the container yard, was knocked down by a reach stacker and sustained fatal injury. 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 that happened on October 4
 
Minimum Allowable Wage and food allowance for foreign domestic helpers to increase
The Government announced today (September 27) that the Minimum Allowable Wage for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong will be increased from $4,520 to $4,630 per month. The food allowance will be increased from not less than $1,075 to not less than $1,121 per month.
Minimum Allowable Wage and food allowance for foreign domestic helpers to increase
Minimum Allowable Wage and food allowance for foreign domestic helpers to increase
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on September 23 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on September 23
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in Mong Kok yesterday afternoon (September 23), in which a male worker while installing a split type air conditioner at the external wall of a building fell from height to the ground. 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 that happened on September 23
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on September 12
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in Tuen Mun early this morning (September 12), in which a male worker was suspected to have fallen from a viaduct onto the road below when preparing for road maintenance work. The worker was certified dead in hospital. 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 that happened on September 12
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on September 12
 
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2019/2020 Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2019/2020
The enrolment period for the site safety competition of the “Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2019/2020” was ended on 30 September 2019. Assessment is now in progress …
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2019/2020
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on August 28
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in an upper floor office unit in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon yesterday afternoon (August 28), in which a male staff, while placing a file at a height, fell beyond the building onto the ground floor through a window nearby. He was seriously injured and certified dead on spot. The LD is saddened by the death of the staff and has expressed its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on August 28
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on August 28
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on August 12 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on August 12
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened at a construction site at Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, this morning (August 12), in which a male worker operating a bulldozer fell together with it into the sea. He was rescued but certified dead in a hospital. 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 that happened on August 12
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on August 10
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in an outdoor shopping centre in Yuen Long, New Territories yesterday (August 10) afternoon, in which a female worker was pressed by a toppled leaf of a sliding gate while she was closing it. The worker was seriously injured and was certified dead in hospital. 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 that happened on August 10
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on August 10
 
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
 
Code of Practice in Times of Typhoons and Rainstorms Code of Practice in Times of Typhoons and Rainstorms
The Labour Department revised “Code of Practice in Times of Typhoons and Rainstorms” (COP). The COP aims at alerting employers to consult employees as soon as possible on the work and resumption of work arrangements in times of adverse weather conditions before typhoon season. The revised COP also provides reference guidelines to employers and employees on the work and resumption of work arrangements in the event of the Government issuing the new post-super typhoon announcement on “extreme conditions”.
Code of Practice in Times of Typhoons and Rainstorms
 
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
 
Labour Department to launch online occupational safety complaint platform Labour Department to launch online occupational safety complaint platform
The Labour Department (LD) today (March 19) launched an online occupational safety and health (OSH) complaint platform so that employees and members of the public can report to the department unsafe operations and environments at workplaces by using online forms accessible to mobile electronic devices or computers.
Labour Department to launch online occupational safety complaint platform
 
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety for 20 years and beyond
The 20th Award Presentation Ceremony of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme was held today (March 17) to offer recognition to principal contractors, sub-contractors, site personnel and front-line workers with good occupational safety and health (OSH) performance. The scheme aims at enhancing OSH awareness and fostering a safety culture in the construction sector.
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety for 20 years and beyond
Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme promotes occupational safety for 20 years and beyond
 
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
 
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
 
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
Joint efforts to foster occupational safety and health in catering industry
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
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
 
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
 
Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Hotline 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
 
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)
 
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)
 
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
 
Online Occupational Safety and Health Complaint Form
Occupational Health Clinic
Watch out for Impostors
Topical Issues
+ 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
+ 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 2020
+ Statutory Holidays for 2019
+ 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
More about Publications
Other Activities
Job Fair for Middle-aged and Elderly Employment (Over 4 600 vacancies on offer)
+ 13 - 15 November 2019 (PDF)
Occupational Health Talk (conducted in Chinese)
+ 11.2019 (PDF)
+ 12.2019 (PDF)
+ 1.2020 (PDF)
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
More about Latest Amendments to Labour Laws