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Employment agency loses licence for malpractice

Posted on 23 July 2019 No comments
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Those stripped of their licences were found
to have violated this Code of Practice for agencies


By The SUN

An employment agency operating out of three offices across Hong Kong has had its licence revoked for multiple violations of the industry’s Code of Practice, according to a press release issued today, Jul 23, by the Hong Kong Labour Department.

The press statement identified the agency as Saint Happy Maids Agency, which has offices in Mong Kok, Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan.

Saint Happy Maids was found to have involved itself in the financial affairs of foreign domestic helpers, failed to draw up service agreements with employers, failed to include all required items in the service agreement with employers and helpers, and failed to provide receipts for payments made by employers.

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It was the third agency to be stripped of its license by LD’s Employment Agency Administration this year. The two others were Fardiansyah International Limited in Yaumatei and Perfect World Employment Services Co in Tai Po,

Last year, eight agencies lost their licence for non-compliance with the Code, including  Unity Employment Limited, Happy J Employment Agency, Tin Wai Employment Company Limited, Good Family Employment Agency Company Limited, Galaxy Maid Employment Consultants Limited, and JK Company.
Three agency operators were prosecuted, while at least 20 agencies were warned for various violations, including Saint Happy, which received a warning on Feb. 19.

The statement said the Employment Ordinance empowers the Commissioner for Labour to revoke the license of an EA if he is satisfied the licensee concerned or an individual employed by the licensee has not complied with the Code.
“The Code sets out the salient legal requirements that EA operators must observe in operating their business, as well as the minimum standards which the commissioner expects from EAs,” an LD spokesman said.

The LD reminded all employment agency operators to comply with the law and the provisions of the Code at all times.
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Maid fined for taking cash, Octopus card from kid’s lost wallet

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Mislang found the kid's wallet on a game machine
inside Jumpin Gym in Aberdeen
By Vir B. Lumicao

For taking $240 and an Octopus card from a child’s wallet she found in a games arcade, a Filipina helper was fined $1,500 on Tuesday, Jul 23.

Esther Mislang, 55, was also ordered by Magistrate Peter Yu to give back the $240 she took from the wallet of the 5-year-old owner.

Mislang, who has been employed by the same employer for over 10 years, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft “by finding” when she appeared in court.

The prosecution said the wallet owner, a Kindergarten 3 girl, went with her father to a Jumpin’ Gym arcade in Aberdeen Centre, Aberdeen, on Jun 1 to play on some machines.
After they had left the arcade around 8:30pm, the girl suddenly realized she forgot to pick up her Smiggle wallet that she placed on the seat of the arcade machine.

When the father and child returned to the arcade, the wallet was already gone.

The father asked the arcade manager to review the CCTV footage in the area of the machine and saw Mislang pick up the wallet, put it in her pocket and leave.
The case was reported to the police and on Jun 3, the defendant was arrested, but she denied taking the wallet. Mislang said she only inspected it then threw it in a rubbish bin.

But in mitigation, Mislang’s lawyer said the helper did find the wallet, but dumped it after taking the cash and Octopus card inside. The lawyer also said the maid had used the Octopus card and was willing to pay back the cash she had taken.

He pleaded for leniency, saying the defendant was remorseful.
Mislang reportedly arrived in Hong Kong in 1992 and has worked for her current employer for more than 10 years. Her employer supported her in her case.

Apart from imposing a $1,500 fine, the magistrate also ordered the defendant to pay the wallet owner $240. 

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DH jailed 4 weeks for selling fake branded goods on Chater

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By Vir B. Lumicao
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The defendant was caught selling fake goods on Chater Road , a popular haunt of Filipinos on Sundays

A Filipina domestic helper was jailed for a total of four weeks on Tuesday, Jul 23, after pleading guilty in Eastern Court to charges of possessing for sale sport shoes, bags and other branded merchandise and for breaching her visa condition.

Rosalyn Piamonte, 35 and single, also admitted breaching her conditions of stay before Magistrate Peter Yu.

The prosecution said the defendant was arrested by Customs officers during an operation on Jan 13 this year against people selling fake branded goods on Chater Road in Central.
A Customs officer testified seeing a large plastic bag containing assorted merchandise that was left on the pavement and decided to wait until its owner returned.

A few minutes later, Piamonte arrived and took out some goods from the bag and gave them to a buyer. At that point, the officer accosted the Filipina and asked to inspect the plastic bag.

He found 14 pairs of Nike, 10 pairs of Adidas and 4 pairs of Gucci sport shoes; 3 sets of Longchamp bags and wallets, 2 Luis Vuitton bags, a Michael Kors wallet, 13 pairs of Converse canvas sneakers and 2 Christian Dior watches, all of them counterfeit.
When the officer asked for her status in Hong Kong, Piamonte said she was a helper.
The officer arrested and took her to the Customs headquarters in North Point for investigation.

In a recorded interview, Piamonte admitted putting the prices on the goods, which were supplied by an unidentified man. She said she knew she should be working only for her employer and not engage in any selling activity. She was also aware the goods she was selling were all fake.

The next day, Piamonte was charged in court but was allowed to post bail.
In mitigation, the defense counsel said Piamonte came to work in Hong Kong in 2012. She was paid $4,500 a month and sent all of it home except for $500 which she kept for her own expenses here.

The lawyer said the maid was trying to augment her allowance by selling the goods and getting $10 for each item sold. She earned around $100 every Sunday, the lawyer said.

The magistrate sentenced her to seven days in jail for selling fake goods and four weeks for the breach of condition of stay, to be served concurrently.
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