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Company fined and its director sentenced to imprisonment for Labour Tribunal award payment default

     Able Full Limited was sentenced to a total fine of $10,000 and its director was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for 18 months, at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts today (December 11) for the defaulting on payment of Labour Tribunal award offence under the Employment Ordinance. The company and its director were also ordered to clear the outstanding amount of about $360,000 to two employees via the court. The prosecution was initiated by the Labour Department.

     The Labour Department welcomes the court sentence. This is the fourth case this year in which an employer or a company's responsible person was sentenced to imprisonment due to wage offences or default of Labour Tribunal award offences.

     The company failed to pay the awarded sum of about $360,000 to the two employees within 14 days after the specified payment date of the Labour Tribunal award. The director was convicted for his consent, connivance or neglect in the wage offences and defaulting on payment of Labour Tribunal award offences.

     "The judgment would send a strong message to all companies and their directors or responsible persons that they have to ensure that an award is paid according to the terms of the award issued by the Labour Tribunal or the Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board," a spokesman for the Labour Department said.

     "The Labour Department does not tolerate wage offences and defaulting on the payment of Labour Tribunal award offences, and spares no effort in bringing to justice directors and employers who defy the law," the spokesman added.

Ends/Thursday, December 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:57


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