Online Retailer Slapped With Fine For Late Payment Of Wages

Published date23 January 2024
Subject MatterEmployment and HR, Employee Benefits & Compensation, Employee Rights/ Labour Relations
Law FirmIus Laboris
AuthorJezamine Fewins (Lewis Silkin) and Joanne Chan (Lewis Silkin)

An online luxury retail company was fined HKD 145,000 by a court in Hong Kong for failing to pay the wages of eleven of its employees on time.

This was a prosecution brought by the Labour Department against the Hong Kong employer for late payment of wages amounting to HKD 690,000. The company pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to make timely payment of its employees' wages.  

Under Hong Kong law, an employer is required to pay its employees' wages as soon as they become due and, in any case, not later than seven days following the end of the wage period. A breach of this rule attracts both criminal and civil liability.

Following the prosecution, the Labour Department warned employers that it will not tolerate late payment of wages to employees and will spare no effort in enforcing the law and safeguarding employees' statutory rights. The prosecution serves to remind all employers of the importance of making timely wage payments to their employees.

In this case, the Labour Department only prosecuted the company. The Court's fine of HKD 145,000 was at the...

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