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Company's responsible person fined for wage offences and default of Labour Tribunal awarded payment

     The responsible person of Artman Limited was fined $350,000 for wage offences and defaults on awarded payment of the Labour Tribunal under the Employment Ordinance at the Fanling Magistrates' Courts today (June 2). The responsible person was also ordered to clear the outstanding amount of about $130,000 to five employees via the court. The prosecution was launched by the Labour Department.

     The said company failed to pay wages to five employees within seven days after the expiry of wage periods and after termination of employment, as required by the Employment Ordinance. The total amount of payment involved was about $130,000. Furthermore, the company also failed to pay the Labour Tribunal awarded sum of about $110,000 to four of these employees within 14 days after it became due.

     The responsible person was convicted for his consent, connivance or neglect in the above offences.

     "The judgment would disseminate a strong message to all employers and responsible persons of companies that they have to pay wages to employees in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and awarded sums according to the terms of the awards 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 the above offences and will spare no effort in enforcing the law and protecting employees' statutory rights," the spokesman added.

Ends/Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:53


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