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Company directors fined for wage offences and default on payment of Labour Tribunal award offences

     Two directors of RMJM Hong Kong Limited were each fined $93,000 for wage offences and defaults on awarded payment of the Labour Tribunal under the Employment Ordinance at Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (September 25). The two directors were also ordered to clear the outstanding wages and tribunal awarded sum to the employees via the court. The prosecutions were launched by the Labour Department.

     The company failed to pay wages and termination payments within seven days after the expiry of wage periods and termination of employment, and/or the awarded sum, within 14 days after the specified payment date of the Labour Tribunal awards to 10 employees. The total amount of payment involved was about $1.5 million.

     The two directors were convicted for their consent, connivance or neglect in the wage offences and defaulting on payment of the Labour Tribunal award.

     "The judgment would disseminate a strong message to all company directors and responsible persons that they have to ensure that wages are paid to employees in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and 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 the above offences and will spare no effort in enforcing the law and protecting employees' statutory rights," the spokesman added.

Ends/Friday, September 25, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:25


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