Updated at 6.57pm: The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA) on Tuesday pursued seven claims in the Small Claims Tribunal for some $150,000 on behalf of 19 employees, a government spokesman said. The spokesman said these employees were owed MPF contributions by their employers. At Tuesday's hearing, two defendants, Lau Yiu Lam and Lee Chow Lan, trading as Eversafe Engineering Company and Right Lane First Cargoes, respectively, did not dispute the amounts claimed. The adjudicator ordered them to pay the MPFA $49,590 and $24,466, respectively. This was for mandatory contributions in arrears and surcharges payable. The other five defendants did not appear at the hearing, the spokesman said. They were: Au Yeung Kwong Wah, trading as Wah Hing Cleaning Company; Chan Siu Wai, trading as High Tech Company; Mutual Global, trading as Waterside Village; Access Ivisions and Happy Dragon Restaurant, trading as Sun Rise Court Restaurant. In their absence, the adjudicator ordered them to pay the MPFA $48,919, $13,755, $8,879, $5,726 and $703, respectively, as mandatory contributions in arrears and surcharges payable. The spokesman said the amounts awarded would be reimbursed to the employees' MPF accounts as soon as the MPFA received them. The court further awarded payments of $190, $120, $330, $260, $270, $150 and $70 as costs in respect of the claims, he added. The MPF Scheme is Hong Kong's compulsory retirement savings plans, whereby all employees and employers who do not contribute to a recognised retirement scheme must by law belong to one of the approximately 300 recognised MPF funds. Employers and employees together must contribute 10 per cent of an employee's salary, up to a ceiling of $2,000 per month. Employees can top up their funds with voluntary contributions.