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Man fined $80k for managing unlicensed employment agency

17 July 2020

By The SUN

The agency manager was fined $80k at Kwun Tong court

 A local man was fined $80,000 at Kwun Tong court today, Jul 16, for managing an employment agency without a valid license.

Named in the court list was C.H. Liu, manager of Sincere Care Employment Centre in Sai Kung. His conviction came at the end of a two-day trial held in Cantonese.
According to a government press release, the Labour Department decided to prosecute after receiving a complaint in February last year against Sincere Care from an employer who wanted to hire a foreign domestic helper.

No other details were given, but the statement said an investigation revealed that there was sufficient evidence that the man was managing an unlicensed employment agency and the complainant was willing to act as prosecution witness.

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The press release said the public is reminded to obtain a license before operating an employment agency, or they may face prosecution. Apart from this, only the agency’s license holder, his or her associates what operate, manage or assist in the management of the business.
Under the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, which came into force on Feb. 9, 2018, the maximum penalty for operating an employment agency without a license or overcharging a jobseeker was a fine of $350,000 and imprisonment for three years.

All inquiries regarding to such violations may be coursed through the Employment Agencies Administration at 2115 3667 or visit its office at Unit 906, 9/F, One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon.

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