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New Statutory Minimum Wage rate of $40 per hour takes effect today
     The Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate has been raised from $37.5 per hour to $40 per hour with effect from today (May 1). 

     According to the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), employees are protected by the SMW whether they are monthly-rated, daily-rated, hourly-rated, piece-rated, permanent, casual, full-time or part-time, etc, and regardless of whether or not they are employed under a continuous contract as defined in the Employment Ordinance (EO). The SMW is not applicable to live-in domestic workers (irrespective of their sex, race and nationality), student interns and work experience students as specified in the MWO, and persons to whom the EO does not apply.

     The SMW also protects employees with disabilities. A special arrangement is also provided under the MWO for employees with disabilities to opt for a productivity assessment to determine whether they should be remunerated at no less than the SMW or at a rate commensurate with their productivity. For those employees with disabilities who have chosen this special arrangement, their employers have to pay wages of not less than the amount to be calculated according to the new SMW rate and the degree of productivity assessed.

     In addition, the monthly monetary cap on the requirement of employers recording the total number of hours worked by employees under the EO is raised from $15,300 to $16,300 with effect from today. When wages payable in respect of a wage period are less than $16,300 per month, the employer is required to keep a record of the total number of hours worked by the employee in that wage period.

     Enquiries about the SMW can be made on the 24-hour enquiry hotline 2717 1771 (handled by 1823) and during office hours at branch offices of the Labour Relations Division of the Labour Department (LD). For details of the SMW, please visit the LD's homepage (www.labour.gov.hk).
Ends/Monday, May 1, 2023
Issued at HKT 10:00
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