Company director hit with $51,000 fine for wage-related breaches

Hong Kong Labour Department says it will not tolerate such offenses

Company director hit with $51,000 fine for wage-related breaches

A director at Yatfai Integrated Logistics Limited in Hong Kong has been fined $51,000 for breaching certain requirements under the Employment Ordinance (EO).

According to the Hong Kong Labour Department (LD), the director was prosecuted for his “consent, connivance or neglect” in wage-related offenses. He pled guilty at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday.

In a news release, the LD said Yatfai Integrated Logistics failed to pay four employees around $100,000 in wages and payment in lieu of notice within the mandated seven days following the end of their employment.

The company also failed to pay within the stipulated date a sum of about $89,000 awarded by the Labour Tribunal (LT) to three employees.

‘Safeguarding employees’ statutory rights’

In addition to the $51,000 fine, the director has been asked to pay an outstanding sum of roughly $112,000 to all affected employees, according to the LD’s release.

A spokesperson for the Labour Department said the judgment will act as a reminder for employers to “pay wages to employees within the statutory time limit stipulated in the EO and the awarded sums as ordered by the LT or the Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board.”

“The LD will not tolerate these offences and will spare no effort in enforcing the law and safeguarding employees' statutory rights,” the spokesperson added.

Last week, another director was given a suspended sentence for similar wage-related breaches. He was sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years.

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