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Company and its director fined for wage offences and default on Labour Tribunal Award
     Honour Faith International Limited and its director were 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 defendants pleaded guilty at Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (May 12) and were fined a total of $58,000 (the company was fined $32,000 while its director was fined $26,000).  
     The company 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 company failed to pay the awarded sums of about $40,000 to these employees within 14 days after the specified payment date of the LT award .  
     The director concerned was convicted for his consent, connivance or neglect in the above offences.
     "The judgment will disseminate a strong message to all employers and responsible officers of companies that they have to comply with the requirements of the EO and pay employees' wages and awarded sums according to the terms of the awards issued by the LT or the Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board. Failure to effect payment of wages as required by the EO and defaulting on awarded sums are serious offences. The LD will continue to make dedicated efforts in enforcing the EO and safeguarding employees' statutory rights," a spokesman for the LD said.
Ends/Friday, May 12, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:56
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