Company director sentenced to suspended imprisonment for default on Labour Tribunal award

     Yogi Holdings Limited and its director were prosecuted by the Labour Department (LD) for defaulting on a sum awarded by the Labour Tribunal (LT) under the Employment Ordinance (EO). The defendants pleaded guilty earlier at Kwun Tong Magistrates' Courts and the company was fined $15,000. The director was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, suspended for three years today (May 5).
     The company failed to pay an employee an awarded LT sum of $364,000 in total within 14 days after the payment date specified in the LT award. The director was convicted for his consent, connivance or neglect in the above offence.
     "The ruling helps disseminate a strong message to all employers and responsible officers of limited companies that they have to pay employees awarded sums according to the terms of the awards issued by LT," a spokesman for the LD said.
     "The LD will not tolerate these offences and will spare no effort in enforcing the EO and safeguarding employees' statutory rights," the spokesman added.

Ends/Friday, May 5, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:32