Sick Leave

Health in the workplace

Professor Carol Black is an expert on health in the workplace. Photo: May Tse

What's the cost of poor health? For EDF Energy, one of Britain's largest energy companies, ill health among employees costs £13 million (HK$164.4 million) a year.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 11:02am 1 comment

Employers and insurers hire private eyes to probe sick-leave scams

Kelvin Ko

The managing director of investigation firm Verity Consulting, Kelvin Ko Chiu, said sick leave claims involving private companies and their insurers now accounted for more than 50 per cent of his cases, up from 20 per cent 10 years ago when he entered the profession.

2 May 2013 - 7:25am

Scamming sick days may end in jail term

Paul Tang Kwok-wai, Civil service minister. Photo: Edward Wong

Several cases involving alleged sick leave scams - in government departments or private companies - have ended up in court over the past few years.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am

Postal worker jailed over faked doctors’ notes

A Hongkong Post worker was jailed for 26 months for using fake documents he bought from popular mainland shopping site Taobao to get 635 rest days over four years.

20 Dec 2012 - 2:51pm

Survey finds exploitation of women in product promotion industry is rife

More than 90 per cent of women working as product promoters in shops feel they are being exploited by their bosses and store operators, according to a labour association's survey.

The Women Workers' Association found that most of the women were not protected by the Employment Ordinance and often had to put up with undesirable working conditions.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:46am

Working hours back in spotlight

Given the choice between more pay and promotions or more paid leave, many Hong Kong workers would opt for the latter. That is the conclusion to be drawn from the latest survey of people's attitudes towards their jobs.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ruling on workers' commissions takes effect

An amendment to the Employment Ordinance requiring that workers' commission payments be included in the calculation of sick leave and holiday pay took effect yesterday. The legislation, which some employers have said will add greatly to their costs, has been blamed for a recent surge in requests by employers to staff to ditch employment contracts and become self-employed.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Watchdog to probe case of Disney cleaner told to resign

The Equal Opportunities Commission has said it will look into the complaint by a Disney cleaner who claimed he was told to resign because he took too much sick leave.

The cleaner said yesterday he was offered two options by his supervisor on Wednesday: leave voluntarily or be sacked.

This came after he took 15 days' sick leave in his five months on the job.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Doctor punished for false sick notes

Updated at 7.10pm: A doctor has been struck off for a year after writing a dozen false and backdated sick notes for patients two of whom were undercover anti-corruption agents.

Between August 25 and mid-October 1997, Dr O Ting-yuen gave nine sick-leave certificates to a patient, prison officer Law Kwan-keung, without examining him, the Medical Council heard.

11 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Doctors too easily duped

I refer to 'Healthy reporter given two sick notes' (South China Morning Post, June 3) concerning the ease with which certificates can be obtained.

12 Jun 1999 - 12:00am