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Latest arrangements on Labour Department public services
In light of the extension of special work arrangements for government employees and the latest developments of the COVID-19 virus, the Labour Department (LD) announced today (February 21) that the LD will provide limited public services between February 24 (Monday) and February 29 (Saturday). Counter services, except those provided by the Employment Agencies Administration (EAA), will remain suspended. The Tuen Mun Job Fair scheduled to be held in the Tuen Mun Town Hall on March 3 and 4 will be cancelled.
Latest arrangements on Labour Department public services
Latest arrangements on Labour Department public services
 
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
 
Flexibility arrangement to extend validity period of foreign domestic helpers' contracts Flexibility arrangement to extend validity period of foreign domestic helpers' contracts
In response to a temporary ban by the Philippine Government on Filipino nationals from travelling to the People's Republic of China, including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the HKSAR Government today (February 4) announced a flexibility arrangement which will take immediate effect. In processing affected employers' applications, the HKSAR Government will work to extend the validity period of the employers' contracts with their outgoing foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) to help them cope with the special situation. The flexibility arrangement aims to assist those employers whose contracts with their existing FDHs are due to expire soon, but the newly hired FDHs or the FDHs they intend to hire cannot fly in to commence the new contracts due to the temporary ban.
Flexibility arrangement to extend validity period of foreign domestic helpers' contracts
 
Labour Department public occupational health talks cancelled
To tie in with the raising of the response level under the Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance to the Emergency Response Level and to prevent people from gathering, the Labour Department announced today (February 3) that the following public talks at the respective venues have been cancelled. Enrolled participants will be informed of the cancellations.
Labour Department public occupational health talks cancelled
Labour Department public occupational health talks cancelled
 
Labour Department encourages foreign domestic helpers to stay home on their rest day Labour Department encourages foreign domestic helpers to stay home on their rest day
The Labour Department (LD) today (January 30) appealed to foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) to stay home on their rest day in order to safeguard their personal health and to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community.
Labour Department encourages foreign domestic helpers to stay home on their rest day
 
Labour Department appeals to employers to make arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community
The Labour Department (LD) today (January 30) appeals to employers to provide necessary personal protective equipment like surgical masks to front-line staff and those in need in order to reduce the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community.
Labour Department appeals to employers to make arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community
Labour Department appeals to employers to make arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community
 
Briefing on employment of foreign domestic helpers cancelled Briefing on employment of foreign domestic helpers cancelled
To tie in with the response level under the Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance being raised to the Emergency Response Level and to prevent people from gathering, the Labour Department announced today (January 30) that the briefing on the employment of foreign domestic helpers to be held on February 8 at the Lecture Theatre of the Hong Kong Central Library will be cancelled. Enrolled participants will be informed of the cancellation.
Briefing on employment of foreign domestic helpers cancelled
 
Suspension of public services and facilities of Labour Department
To tie in with special work arrangement for Government departments implemented after the Lunar New Year holidays (starting from January 29), a spokesman for the Labour Department (LD) announced today (January 28) that public services and facilities under the department will be temporarily suspended and closed until February 2. LD will review the situation in due course and announce the arrangements thereafter.
Suspension of public services and facilities of Labour Department
Suspension of public services and facilities of Labour Department
 
Government appeals to employers to make special work arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community Government appeals to employers to make special work arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community
The Government today (January 28) appeals to employers to make flexible work arrangement for employees in accordance with their operational needs in order to reduce the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community. Except for staff providing emergency and essential services, employers should consider not requiring all other employees to return to the offices but to work at home. This will help maintain good labour-management relations and reduce the risk of the spread of novel coronavirus in the community. Employers should review the arrangement taking into account of the latest situation.
Government appeals to employers to make special work arrangement to reduce the risk of the spread of the novel coronavirus in the community
 
Catering Industry Safety Award Scheme (2019/2020)
The Award Presentation Ceremony cum Variety Show of Catering Industry Safety Award Scheme 2019/2020 which was originally scheduled for 26 November 2019 has been cancelled following the postponement. The Labour Department would notify the winners in writing of the arrangements for receiving the awards. The lists of winners…
Catering Industry Safety Award Scheme (2019/2020)
Catering Industry Safety Award Scheme (2019/2020)
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on January 13 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on January 13
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at a construction site in Quarry Bay this afternoon (January 13), in which a male worker was trapped between the rear part of a mobile crane and the nearby railing. The worker was certified dead in hospital later. 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 January 13
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on January 11
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at a landfill site in Tseung Kwan O today (January 11), in which a male worker was pressed to death by a crushing machine. 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 January 11
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on January 11
 
Labour Department to hold briefing on employment of foreign domestic helpers Labour Department to hold briefing on employment of foreign domestic helpers
The Labour Department (LD) will hold a briefing on the employment of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) on February 8 (Saturday), 2020 at 2:30 pm at the Lecture Theatre of the Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Enrollment is now open.
Labour Department to hold briefing on employment of foreign domestic helpers
 
Labour Department alerts public to fake social media page
The Labour Department (LD) today (January 3) alerted the public to a fake social media page bearing the LD's name and logo.
Labour Department alerts public to fake social media page
Labour Department alerts public to fake social media page
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 20 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 20
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the work accident that happened in a private estate in Sai Ying Pun this afternoon (December 20), in which a female worker fell from a planter to the ground while performing plant pruning work, who was certified dead upon arrival 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 December 20
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 19
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at a construction site in Kowloon City this morning (December 19), in which a male worker was crushed to death by an excavator in operation. 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 December 19
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 19
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 11 Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 11
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at a construction site in Tseung Kwan O today (December 11), in which a female worker fell to her death from a bamboo scaffold at upper level of the external wall of a building under construction. 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 December 11
 
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 3
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at a construction site in Tin Shui Wai today (December 3), in which a male worker was struck by a fallen metal I-beam being dismantled. The worker 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 December 3
Labour Department highly concerned about fatal work accident that happened on December 3
 
Good Employer Charter 2020 is now open for Enrolment Good Employer Charter 2020 is now open for Enrolment
The objective of the Good Employer Charter 2020 is to continuously encourage employers of different trades and scale (including small and medium enterprises) to adopt employee-oriented and progressive good human resource management practices. Employers should also formulate family-friendly employment policies by assessing different family responsibilities borne by their employees and help them fulfil their work and family needs simultaneously to create a family-friendly harmonious workplace. For details and enrolment method, please visit the website www.gec.labour.gov.hk.
Good Employer Charter 2020 is now open for Enrolment
 
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
 
Safety Quiz Competition
The answers and results of Safety Quiz Competition (Chinese version only)……
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)
 
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
Individuals overseas reminded to remain vigilant against email scams
 
Labour Department clarifies recent concerns on employees' compensation protection for employees 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
+ 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
+ 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 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 2018
More about Publications
Other Activities
Education & Careers Expo
+ 6-9 February 2020
Briefing on employment of foreign domestic helpers
+ 8.2.2020 (PDF)
Occupational Health Talk (conducted in Chinese)
+ 3.2020 (PDF)
+ 4.2020 (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