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The Labour Department is carrying out the 2021 Working Hours Situation Household Survey to collect information on the working hours situation of the local workforce and their views on working hours arrangements.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a building renovation site in Happy Valley this morning (October 8), in which a female worker was trapped under a collapsed bamboo scaffold and was certified dead in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
Safety Quiz Competition is one of the promotional programmes of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2021/2022. Its aim is to enhance the occupational safety and health awareness of the construction industry and the public (Chinese version only)….
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a shopping complex in Wong Tai Sin yesterday afternoon (October 7), in which a person was pressed to death by a tipped over power-operated elevating working platform while he was pushing it. The LD is saddened by the death of the victim and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family.
The Government announced on 30 September 2021 that the Minimum Allowable Wage for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong would remain at $4,630 per month. The food allowance will be increased from not less than $1,121 to not less than $1,173 per month.
To showcase the significant improvements of the “YETP Most Improved Trainees” 2021 during the training period and to commend the caring efforts of service providers and employers, the Labour Department will jointly present a TV Programme “MIT Self-enhancement Project” with ViuTV. The twelve-episode TV Programme will be broadcast on ViuTV from October 2 (Saturday) at 7:55pm every Saturday and Sunday.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at an open storage yard in Tin Shui Wai this afternoon (September 23), in which a person was trapped to death by the driver's cabin door of a lorry-mounted crane while he was attempting to stop the lorry from sliding forward. He was certified dead on the spot. The LD is saddened by the death of the victim and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in Tuen Mun this afternoon (September 17), in which a male worker fell from height while erecting a truss-out scaffold at the external wall of a residential building and sustained fatal injury. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
The enrolment period for the site safety competition of the “Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2021/2022” was ended on 6 October 2021. Assessment is now in progress …
With effect from 17 September 2021, the jurisdiction of the Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board (MECAB) is increased from a claim amount not exceeding $8,000 per claimant to not exceeding $15,000 per claimant, while maintaining the maximum number of claimants per claim at 10. Any employment claims above the jurisdictional limit of MECAB will be adjudicated by the Labour Tribunal.
The Labour Department (LD) and key stakeholders in the industry have jointly organised the new round of Catering Industry Safety Inspiration Programme 2021/2022. The programme aims at uniting the power of the catering industry to work together for promoting a good occupational safety and health culture. LD today (September 1) launches the programme. All licensed catering establishments are welcome to join the programme by enrolment on or before 30 September 2021. Participants who satisfy the specified criteria during the programme period will be presented with certificates of appreciation and fabulous gifts.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in Sai Wan this morning (August 18), in which two government employees while working on an elevating work platform to conduct tree pruning work, fell down together with the working platform as the boom of the elevating work platform suddenly broke. One of them died and the other was injured in the accident. The LD is saddened by the death and injury of the employees in the accident and expresses its deepest sympathy to the deceased's family.
Sharing of the winning entries of the Construction Industry Safety Short Film Competition of the Construction Industry Safety Promotional Campaign 2020/2021. (Chinese version only)
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a building in Yuen Long this morning (August 4), in which a male worker was suspected to have received an electric shock while working at the pump room of the building. He became unconscious and was certified dead in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
The Labour Department (LD) today (July 23) said that, arising from the Government's exercise of the power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) and the publication yesterday (July 22) in the Gazette of a compulsory testing notice that requires any person who had been present at specified premises during the specified period to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test, the Hong Kong East Office of the Labour Relations Division under the LD is temporarily closed today. Services are affected and the LD has been informing the clients who made service appointments.
​The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Fanling this afternoon (July 6), in which a male worker was struck by a fallen metal I-beam being dismantled at a trench. He was certified dead later in the hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
The Employees’ Compensation (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 has come into effect since 2 July 2021. The coverage of the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance (Cap. 282) is extended to the situation where an employee sustains an injury or dies as a result of an accident when commuting to or from work during the period of “extreme conditions” arising from a super typhoon or other natural disaster of a substantial scale……
The Labour Department’s Construction Industry Recruitment Centre will be relocated to 6/F, Kowloon East Government Offices, 12 Lei Yue Mun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon on 3 July 2021 (Saturday). The new office will commence operation from 5 July 2021 (Monday).
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 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’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).
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 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.
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 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 ...