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Employer fined for wage offences and default on Labour Tribunal Award
     Ue Sushi Company Limited was prosecuted by the Labour Department for committing wage offences and defaulting on the sums awarded by the Labour Tribunal (LT) under the Employment Ordinance (EO). The employer pleaded guilty today (April 3) at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts and was sentenced to a fine of $105,000. The employer was also ordered to clear the outstanding amount of about $265,000 to four employees via the court.

     The employer failed to pay wages to four employees within seven days after the expiry of the wage periods and termination of employment, as required by the EO. Also, the employer failed to pay these employees the awarded sum of about $306,000 in total within 14 days after the payment date specified in the LT award.

     "The judgment will disseminate a strong message to all employers that they have to pay wages to employees in accordance with EO and the awarded sums according to the terms of the awards issued by LT," a spokesman for the Labour Department said.

     "The Labour Department will not tolerate these offences and will spare no effort in enforcing the law and safeguarding employees' statutory rights," the spokesman added.
Ends/Monday, April 3, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:05
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