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The Labour Department has called for registration for a webinar on the Employment Ordinance to be held between 3pm and 5pm on July 9 (Friday). The main provisions of the Employment Ordinance, including wages, leave and termination of contract, will be introduced. The real-time webinar will be conducted in Cantonese via Zoom and participation is free of charge. Interested participants can complete the registration form downloaded from Labour Department’s website and return it by email by June 29 (Tuesday). Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For enquiries, please call 2399 2386.
The Labour Department will hold a seminar on the Minimum Wage Ordinance on July 7 at the Mei Foo Community Hall. Employers, employees and human resources practitioners are welcome to attend…
The Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme brings valuable employment and career development opportunities in the Mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area. It will provide 2 000 places, around 700 of which are designated for innovation and technology (“I&T”) posts. The Scheme targets at Hong Kong residents holding bachelor’s degrees or above awarded locally or by institutions outside Hong Kong from 2019 to 2021. The Government will grant a monthly allowance of HK$10,000 to the enterprises for each graduate engaged for up to 18 months. Eligible graduates and interested enterprises may visit the dedicated website of the scheme (www.jobs.gov.hk/gbayes) for more information.
The Reimbursement of Maternity Leave Pay (RMLP) Scheme is open for applications from 1 April.

The statutory maternity leave under the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57) has been extended from 10 weeks to 14 weeks since 11 December 2020. Through the RMLP Scheme, employers may apply for reimbursement of the 11th to 14th weeks’ statutory maternity leave pay paid, subject to a cap of $80,000 per employee.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in Fo Tan, Shatin this morning (June 4), in which a male worker was suspected to have fallen from height onto the carpark on 2/F while erecting a truss-out bamboo scaffold at the external wall of a building. He was certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the victim and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family.
The Labour Department has produced videos of gold prize winning catering establishments for sharing of their safety management experience and safe work practices. Let’s take a look at the videos.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a work accident that happened at a landfill in Ta Kwu Ling today (May 25), in which a male worker was trapped between a wheel and the platform of a dumper. He was admitted to hospital and 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.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a warehouse in Pat Heung, Yuen Long this afternoon (May 25), in which a male worker was suspected to have fallen from height while dismantling a warehouse by standing on its canopy. 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.
The Labour Department’s Hong Kong East Job Centre will be relocated to 9/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong on 22 May 2021 (Saturday) and renamed as Admiralty Job Centre. The Admiralty Job Centre will commence operation from 24 May 2021 (Monday).
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site on Lamma Island this morning (May 8), in which a male worker, while operating a village vehicle to transport a large rock down a ramp, was thrown out from the driver’s seat after the vehicle collided with the rock that fell out of the vehicle. 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.
The Labour Department has launched a special programme – “Career Let’s Go” from May to August to help this year’s secondary school leavers find suitable work through a series of diversified pre-employment training and employment services.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kowloon Bay this afternoon (April 21), in which a male worker, while assisting in concreting work, was struck by a concrete bucket being lifted by a lorry-mounted crane. 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.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kai Tak this morning (April 18), in which a male worker was suspected to have fallen from height onto the podium of a building under construction, while engaging in scaffolding work at the external wall at upper floor level of the building. 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.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kai Tak this afternoon (April 14), in which a male worker was suspected to have been struck by a pile of metal decks while assisting in unloading the metal decks from the platform of a lorry-mounted crane. 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.
In order to enhance the safety awareness of employees engaged in the catering industry, the Labour Department has produced three animations under the main theme of “Catering Safety Tips” including “Burn Prevention”, “Cut Prevention” and “Slip Prevention”. Let’s take a look at the animations!
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at an estate in Yuen Long this morning (March 19), in which a male worker while working on a ladder at the balcony of an upper floor unit of a building, dropped down from the ladder and fell over the railing of the balcony onto the ground floor. He was certified dead on the spot. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victim's family.
The new levels of compensation under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance and the Occupational Deafness (Compensation) Ordinance, have come into effect on 15 April 2021…
In view of the constraints of the venue during the epidemic, the Labour Department announced today (March 16) that the occupational health public talk entitled "Occupational health of office workers series (II): Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders" scheduled for March 22 at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum has been cancelled. Enrolled participants will be informed of the cancellation individually.
The enrolment period for the Construction Industry Safety Short Film Competition of the Construction Industry Safety Promotional Campaign 2020/2021 ended on 31 January 2021. Assessment is now in progress …
Labour Department has launched a dedicated webpage to provide relevant information about the exemption arrangements for student interns and work experience students under the Statutory Minimum Wage regime. Members of the public can browse and obtain the relevant information at one stop.
The Government announced today (December 11) that a new measure will be put in place with effect from 0.00am, December 22, 2020 to mandate all travellers arriving in Hong Kong from countries outside China to undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine hotels in accordance with the directions under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H). The designated quarantine hotels can only receive the aforementioned inbound travellers who are subject to compulsory quarantine. The Government will arrange designated transportation for sending the travellers from the airport and the Holding Centre for Test Result to the designated quarantine hotels, with a view to reducing their contact with the community.
In order to enhance enterprises’ knowledge of family-friendly employment policy and further their understanding in the implementation and advantages of relevant measures, the Labour Department invited three Signatories of the Good Employer Charter 2020 to share with us their successful cases in promoting family friendly employment culture and produced the “Family-friendly Good Employer Sharing Video of Good Employer Charter 2020”. Dr LAW Chi-kwong, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, also delivered a speech in the video. To watch the video, please visit the thematic website of the Good Employer Charter 2020.
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 to 2021, 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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......
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To enhance public awareness of the working abilities of people with disabilities, the Selective Placement Division has produced a brand new series of videos ...