Labour Law

What is labour law?

Overview of major labour law: Employment Ordinance (Chapter 57 of the Laws of Hong Kong) Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (Chapter 59 of the Laws of Hong Kong) Employees’ Compensation Ordinance (Chapter 282 of the Laws of Hong Kong) Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (Chapter 509 of the Laws of Hong Kong) Minimum Wages regulations.

* In 2001, the authorities enacted three pieces of labor legislation and amended the Employment Ordinance to remove ambiguities in the Ordinance concerning the protection of pregnant employees and to make some technical amendments to the Ordinance. Another amendment of the Ordinance is to clarify the original intention of the policy, that is, when an employer dismisses an employee, the MPF benefits previously paid to the employee can be used to offset the severance payment or long service payment that should be paid. In addition, the authorities have formulated the “Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Gas Welding and Flame Cutting) Regulations”, stipulating that workers engaged in gas welding and flame cutting must receive safety training and obtain certificates.

The benefits of labour law

The Labor Department enforces the labor laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong has enacted labor laws, supplemented by administrative measures so that the treatment of workers has reached an internationally accepted level.


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