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  1. Fired pilots confident court will back them

    Posted Jan 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... an industrial dispute over pay and working hours in 2001. John Warham, one of the sacked pilots and a former president of the Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association, was at the Foreign Correspondents' Club yesterday signing copies of his book about the episode, The 49ers - The True Story, and he was adamant they would get the right result when their case goes before the Court of Final ...

  2. Expats rush in to escape Euro-woes

    Posted Jul 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for a Spanish bank in Hong Kong through a programme of the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade. Fitchett, who holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in international ... you 500 euros [HK$4,700].' Although Fitchett recognises that Hong Kong is a better place to live in for a foreigner, he said he would consider moving back to Shanghai because of the less ...

  3. Rule silent on checks on foreign workers

    Posted Feb 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Phyllis Tsang, Elaine Yau The checks on people working with children may not pick up foreigners if they committed sexual offences overseas. The Law Reform Commission has proposed ... any conviction under a foreign jurisdiction would go unnoticed. Joseph Law, chairman of the Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association, said employers' groups had an open mind ...

  4. Complaints about helper agencies rise

    Posted May 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Complaints about agencies providing domestic helpers are on the increase, with employers feeling cheated when new staff never arrive, quit within days of starting or lack the necessary skills. The Consumer Council received 260 com ...

  5. Plight of many foreign domestic helpers goes largely unnoticed

    Posted Apr 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of helpers incongruous and hard to understand and therein lies the greatest difficulty in addressing issues that can make helpers' lives a misery. Many foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong ... to extend the full benefits of justice and the rule of law to foreign domestic helpers. We look forward to a constructive dialogue with the government and Hong Kong public and an outcome ...

  6. Homes with foreign help could get 7 levy-free years

    Posted Nov 12th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Employers of foreign domestic helpers may have a seven-year levy holiday now that the government has proposed extending the two-year levy suspension to cover contracts signed ... with foreign helpers in August this year could be covered by the relief measure until 2015. Ms Chan also said the levy amounted to about HK$4,800 a year, which meant employers could save HK$33,600 ...

  7. Home is where the work is

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... on overseas trips with us. We can't live without her.' Estimates now put the number of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong at 300,000 - a 15 per cent increase from 2009 - but bonds ... Law says. (The Labour Department lists 1,174 agencies licensed to place foreign maids, but information from the Indonesian consulate shows only 240 accredited agencies, and the Philippine ...

  8. Cutting working hours the next step

    Posted Aug 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The doom and gloom scenarios employers painted about the introduction of a minimum wage for Hong Kong have not come to pass. Three months after they were forced by law to pay workers at least HK$28 an hour, the economy remains buoyant - despite recent vol ...

  9. Foreign workers offered a way out of tax trouble

    Posted Mar 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu The mainland government will offer foreign workers a one-off chance to clear up personal income tax arrears this year without incurring hefty penalty payments. The administrative ... Young tax partner Joseph Fu. Under a plan to be announced by the State Administration of Taxation at a conference in Dongguan today, foreign workers who file returns and settle unpaid personal ...

  10. 'Foreign' labour practices flummox western companies

    Posted Nov 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Wendy Ng

    ... of foreign entities cannot hire directly. They have to hire staff through a job agency- namely FESCO- which plays the middleman role in the process. The very first question foreign corporations need ... to keep corporations away from headaches and painful situations.' Despite the 'foreign' employment practices, corporations continue to be keen to hire staff locally. 'There ...




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