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Labour Advisory Board
Activities in the 2011-2012 Term
Committee on Employees' Compensation
Committee on Empolyment Services
Committee on the Implementation of International Labour Standards
Committee on Labour Relations
Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

Chapter 7. Committee on Labour Relations

7.1 Introduction
  The Committee on Labour Relations (CLR) has been in place since May 1985 to advise on the promotion of harmonious labour relations and legislation on employment conditions and labour relations matters.

7.2 Terms of Reference
  The committee is established to:

  • advise on means to promote amicable relations and mutual understanding between employers and employees, and between their respective organisations;
  • advise on enlightened human resources management measures and family-friendly employment practices for the purpose of fostering harmonious labour-management relations;
  • advise on legislative proposals on employment conditions and labour relations and review existing legislation; and
  • advise on measures to be adopted by the Labour Department (LD) with a view to improving its conciliation service.

7.3 Composition
  Members of CLR are appointed by the Commissioner for Labour.  The composition of the committee for the term 2011-2012 is as follows:

Chairman: Deputy Commissioner for Labour (Labour Administration)
  • Three employer representatives from the Labour Advisory Board
  • Three employee representatives from the Labour Advisory Board
  • Three employer representatives from outside the Labour Advisory Board
  • Three employee representatives from outside the Labour Advisory Board
  • A representative of Human Resources Practitioners
  • Assistant Commissioner for Labour (Labour Relations)
Secretary: A Labour Officer of LD

The membership list of CLR for the term 2011-2012 is at Appendix IV.

7.4 Activities during the 2011-2012 Term
  During the 2011-2012 term, CLR discussed an array of issues relating to labour relations.  Among others, it held frank and constructive discussions on whether statutory paternity leave should be implemented in Hong Kong and provided advice to LD.  Moreover, it noted the latest labour relations scene since the implementation of Statutory Minimum Wage in May 2011 and the expansion in scope of the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund to cover pay for untaken annual leave and untaken statutory holidays under the Employment Ordinance (EO).  It was also informed of the legislative proposal to be put forward by the Administration on amending the reinstatement and re-engagement provisions under the EO to improve the protection of employees.