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Employer of foreign domestic helper jailed for committing wage offence

     The employer of a foreign domestic helper was sentenced today (February 28) at the Kwun Tong Magistrates' Courts to three months' jail for underpaying wages to her helper. She was also ordered to clear the outstanding wages via the court. The prosecution was initiated by the Labour Department.

     The employer failed to pay wages according to the minimum allowable wage of $3,580 as set out in the employment contract signed by both parties in 2010. The total amount underpaid was $34,952.

     "Employers of foreign domestic helpers should not pay their helpers below the minimum allowable wage stipulated by the Government. Furthermore, employees, including foreign domestic helpers, who are owed wages should promptly report to the Labour Department, assist in investigation and give evidence to protect their interests. The Labour Department does not tolerate wage offences and spares no effort in prosecuting employers who defy the law," a spokesperson for the Labour Department said.

     The spokesperson urged employees who were owed wages to call the department's complaints hotline on 2815 2200 immediately.

Ends/Thursday, February 28, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:56


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