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The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 in relation to the sickness allowance and employment protection under anti-epidemic measures comes into operation on 17 June 2022
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a residential estate in Mid-levels this morning (June 13), in which a temporary suspended working platform hanging at the external wall of a building suddenly collapsed while it was being inspected by two workers. The two workers fell together with the suspended working platform to the ground and were certified dead on the spot. The LD is saddened by the deaths of the workers and expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims' families.
With the passage of a resolution of the Legislative Council under the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Ordinance on 16 June 2022, the maximum amounts of a number of ex gratia payment items under the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund were increased. The adjusted maximum amounts came into effect on 17 June 2022 upon gazettal of the resolution and apply in respect of wages, wages in lieu of notice, severance payment, pay for untaken annual leave and pay for untaken statutory holidays the liability of payment for which arose on or after this date.
The Business Registration Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 2) Order 2022 (Order) was gazetted on 10 June 2022 and introduced into the Legislative Council on 15 June 2022. The Order seeks to reduce the rate of the business registration levy, which finances the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund (the Fund), from $250 per annum to $150 per annum with effect from 17 June 2022.
The Labour Department has called for registration for a webinar on the Employment Ordinance to be held between 3pm and 5pm on July 8 (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 should complete the registration form, which can be downloaded from the Labour Department’s website, and return it by email by June 22 (Wednesday). The quota 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 6 at the Mei Foo Community Hall. Employers, employees and human resources practitioners are welcome to attend…
The results of the Catering Industry Safety Slogan Competition (Chinese version only) …
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.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in a plastic recycling yard in Pat Heung this afternoon (May 30), in which a male worker, while operating a bale breaking machine, was injured by the revolving parts of the machine. The worker was certified dead on the spot. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Tseung Kwan O this afternoon (May 26), in which a lift shaft metal working platform suddenly collapsed while it was being dismantled by a male worker on the ground. The worker was pressed by the collapsed working platform and injured. He was certified dead later in hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expressed its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Award Presentation Ceremony of Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2021/2022 is now cancelled. The Labour Department will notify the winners in writing of the arrangement for receiving the awards, and the gold prize winners will be invited to participate in the production of a virtual award presentation ceremony. The results of Site Safety Competition (Chinese version only)...
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in a food factory in Tai Po this morning (May 12), in which a male worker was pressed by the robotic arm of a machine during work. 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 Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened in Yau Ma Tei this morning (May 7), in which a male worker was suspected to have fallen from height onto the ground while preparing for erection of 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.
In order to enhance the safety awareness of employees engaged in the catering industry, the Labour Department has produced two new animations under the main theme of “Catering Safety Tips” including “Safe Use of Machinery” and “Manual Handling Operations”. Let’s take a look at the animations!
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a villa in Tai Po this afternoon (April 27), in which while two male workers were erecting a bamboo scaffold at the external wall of the villa, the scaffold suddenly collapsed. The two workers fell onto the ground from height. One of them died and the other was injured. The LD is saddened by the death and injury of the worker in the accident and expresses its deepest sympathy to the deceased's family and wishes the injured worker a speedy recovery.
The Labour Department has published the “Guide on Construction and Work Safety of Truss-out Bamboo Scaffolds” (Traditional Chinese webpage version only at this stage) (“Guide”). The Guide consolidates the basic construction requirements of truss-out scaffolds and safety principles for carrying out relevant scaffolding work. Besides, the Guide also provides further safety requirements for erecting special truss-out scaffolds when common truss-out scaffolds cannot be used under special circumstances. The purpose of the Guide is to enhance the construction and work safety of truss-out bamboo scaffolds. For details, please refer to the Guide in “Part D: Other Guidebooks”.
The Labour Department (LD) announced today (April 20) that all service counters and the two occupational health clinics in Kwun Tong and Fanling under the LD will resume normal public services from tomorrow (April 21).
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about a fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Kai Tak Development Area this morning (April 18), in which a female worker while working on 11/F of a building under construction, fell to 9/F through a floor opening. The worker was certified dead later 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 today
The Labour Department (LD) is highly concerned about the fatal work accident that happened at a construction site in Mid-levels this afternoon (February 28), in which a male worker fell from height while dismantling a bamboo scaffold at the external wall of a residential building under renovation. He was certified dead later in hospital. The LD is saddened by the death of the worker and expressed its deepest sympathy to the victim's family.
The Labour Department has published a new edition (4th edition) of the “Guidance Notes on Continuing Professional Development Programmes under the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Safety Officers and Safety Supervisors) Regulations” ("Guidance Notes"). The purpose of these Guidance Notes is to provide guidance for RSOs to pursue CPD Programmes for the purpose of renewing or revalidating their registration as safety officers. This edition has been amended to include adding professional ethics and integrity of safety officers as a compulsory CPD Programme; accepting training on subjects in other learning areas (“OLA”) as CPD Programmes; and adjusting the maximum acceptable CPD hours of each category of CPD Programmes to tie in with the above amendments. The new edition of the Guidance Notes will be effective on 1.1.2023. For details, please refer to the Guidance Notes in “Part C : Guidance Notes”.
From 2022, the Birthday of the Buddha will be a newly added statutory holiday under the Employment Ordinance. Other relevant provisions in relation to the statutory holidays under the Employment Ordinance remain unchanged, including the arrangement of holiday, eligibility for holiday pay and pay rate, and restriction on pay in lieu of holiday.
The answers and results of Safety Quiz Competition of the Construction Industry Safety Award Scheme 2021/2022 (Chinese version only)….
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.
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 …
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 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 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.
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…
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 ...