Employers fined for late wages
Two employers have been fined a total of $40,000 for failing to pay wages on time.
Kar Poa Motor Service Centre Company and Wong Chi-lup, an owner of a construction company, were fined $30,000 and $10,000 respectively at Fanling Court yesterday for the offences.
The prosecutions were launch-ed by the Labour Department.
Kar Poa Motor Service Centre Company failed to pay wages to a worker within seven days of the expiry of the wage period and the termination of employment. The amount involved was about $16,000.
Wong failed to pay wages to five employees within seven days of the termination of employment. The amount involved was about $38,000.
According to Section 23 and 25 of the Employment Ordinance, wages due upon expiry of the last day of the wage period or upon termination of employment shall be paid as soon as practicable, but not later than seven days.
A spokesman for the Labour Department said the maximum penalty for wage offences had been raised since March 30 - the fine from $200,000 to $350,000 and jail term from one year to three years.
The spokesman urged workers who were owed wages to report their problems immediately to the Labour Department.