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  1. 49 home-alone cases in two years, says report

    Posted Feb 21st 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Police handled 49 cases of children being left unattended at home between 2005 and last year, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung told legislators. In seven of the cases, nine children were involved in accidents, one fatal, due to negligence. Mr Cheung said the government had no plans to make leaving children unattended at home a criminal offence ...

  2. City Digest

    Posted Nov 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Marchers demand rise in minimum wage to HK$33 About 100 people marched from Wan Chai to the new government headquarters yesterday to demand a rise in the minimum wage from HK$28 to HK$33 an hour to help struggling families cope with inflation. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government needed until March to collect sufficient data to do analyses, ...

  3. No probation for overseas domestic helpers

    Posted Apr 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Clifford Lo Labour officials ruled out a probation period for overseas domestic helpers, saying the current situation strikes a balance between the interests of employers and employees. In reply to a question from lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said many maids could not afford to travel to Hong Kong for a trial period, ...

  4. Judge refuses to freeze assets held in trust

    Posted Apr 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui Businessman Hui Chi-ming has been denied a court order to freeze assets in a trust the mother of former Easyknit Group chief executive Matthew Koon Wing-yee set up for Koon's wife and children. In June last year, Hui got an injunction freezing the assets of Koon and three others charged with conspiracy to blackmail. In the Court of First Instance yesterday, Mr ...

  5. Bid to criminalise defiance of tribunal orders

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung The government plans to present a bill before July that would make non-payment of Labour Tribunal awards a criminal offence, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said yesterday. But he said other suggestions, such as empowering the tribunal to order defaulting employers to pay additional sums to employees, would have to wait because more time ...

  6. Public more aware of welfare cheats

    Posted Apr 17th 2008, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui The increase in the number of substantiated cases of social welfare fraud in recent years was partly due to greater public awareness, labour minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said yesterday. In the 2007/08 financial year there were 960 substantiated fraud cases involving more than HK$45.4 million. There were 896 such cases in 2006/07 involving more than HK$50 ...

  7. A legal thicket

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to reduce punitive damages for contractual breaches. But Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung says it is a complex issue. 'The probation period can be abused by both ...

  8. Jailed Australian to appeal

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mimi Lau in Guangzhou mimi.lau@scmp.com An Australian businessman will appeal against a 13-year jail sentence he received in Guangzhou yesterday for bribery and embezzlement. Matthew Ng's family and legal team described the sentence, handed down by the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court, as 'harsh' and 'unexpected'. Ng, a former executive ...

  9. Briefs

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... less than HK$28 an hour. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung told lawmakers yesterday that the suspected cases were identified from more than 1,800 inspections since ...

  10. Ruling against Easyknit boss

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... alleged in court filings that Matthew Koon Wing-yee, Easyknit's founder and chairman until 2006, extorted 100 million Sino shares from him with a triad who threatened to harm him and burn his ...




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