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Employer fined for violations of the Employees' Compensation Ordinance
     The Labour Department launched a prosecution against an employer for failing to pay periodical payments and take out an insurance policy in accordance with the requirements of the Employees' Compensation Ordinance (ECO) for an employee who suffered injuries at work. The employer was convicted at Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (September 19) and fined a total of $53,500.

     A blacksmith fell from height and sustained multiple injuries while working on January 22, 2017. His employer failed to pay periodical payments to him on the normal paydays or within seven days thereafter as required by the ECO. His employer also failed to secure an insurance policy for him.

     Section 10(10) of the ECO stipulates that during a period of temporary incapacity, the employer shall pay the injured employee periodical payments at the rate of four-fifths of the difference between the employee's monthly earnings at the time of the accident and his or her monthly earnings during the period of temporary incapacity. The periodical payments are payable on the injured employee's normal paydays. An employer who, without reasonable excuse, fails to pay within seven days after the due day commits an offence. In addition, section 40(1) of the ECO stipulates that employers are required to take out insurance policies for all their employees to cover their liabilities both under the ECO and at common law for injuries at work.
Ends/Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Issued at HKT 19:17
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