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LABOUR LAWS

Employment in Hong Kong

The Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57) is the main piece of legislation governing conditions of employment in Hong Kong. It covers a comprehensive range of employment protection and benefits for employees. For details, please visit the webpage at www.labour.gov.hk/eng/legislat/content2.htm.

Hiring of Child Entertainers

Under the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57), a “child” is defined as a person under the age of 15 years. The Employment of Children Regulations, under the Employment Ordinance, prohibit the employment of children in industrial undertakings and regulate the employment of children in non-industrial establishments. For details, please visit the webpage at www.labour.gov.hk/eng/legislat/content2.htm.

It is noted that children of different ages may be employed as child entertainers to serve the needs of the entertainment industry or related fields. For the development of art or training, the Commissioner for Labour may permit such employment by granting exemption from certain provisions of the Employment of Children Regulations. An employer intending to employ child entertainers should apply to the Commissioner in writing before commencement of the employment. To ensure that the children’s schooling is not interfered and their well-being including safety, health and morals are not adversely affected, the Commissioner will impose specific conditions and restrictions upon the grant of permissions. For details, please refer to “A Guide to the Employment of Child Entertainers” at www.labour.gov.hk/eng/public/content2_2.htm.

Work Injury Compensation

According to the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance (Cap. 282), all employers are required to take out valid insurance policies to cover their liabilities both under the Ordinance and at common law for injuries at work in respect of their full-time or part-time employees. More information is available at www.labour.gov.hk/eng/legislat/content1.htm.

Occupational Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (Cap. 509) aims to protect employees’ safety and health at work. Its subsidiary legislation, the Occupational Safety and Health Regulation, spells out the requirements regarding accident prevention, fire precautions, workplace environments, hygiene and first aid at workplaces, and risk assessment and preventive measures relating to manual handling operations. For details, please visit the webpage at www.labour.gov.hk/eng/legislat/content4.htm.

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