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Man fined $6k for managing unlicensed employment agency

15 October 2020

By The SUN 

The unlicensed recruiter was charged in Kwun Tong court on the complaint of an FDH employer

A man was convicted of managing an employment agency without a valid license and fined $6,000 in Kwun Tong Court today, Oct 15.

 A government press release said the case arose from a complaint filed in December with the Labour Department’s Employment Agencies Administration by an employer hiring a foreign domestic helper.

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 As the investigation revealed sufficient evidence that the man was managing an unlicensed agency and the complainant was willing to act as a prosecution witness, EAA decided to prosecute the case.

 The government statement did not identify the convicted agency manager. But a man named Lam Chun-ming appeared before Magistrate Minnie Wat in Kwun Tong court today to face a charge of “operate employment agency without license”.

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The department reminded members of the public to obtain a proper license before operating an employment agency or they may face prosecution.

The department said in a press release all establishments or persons operating an employment agency in Hong Kong are governed by Part XII of the Employment Ordinance and the Employment Agency Regulations.

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Irrespective of the modus operandi or the types of jobs involved, all agencies must obtain a license from the Labour Department before undertaking any agency activity, the department said.

Except for the license holder or his/her associate, no one shall operate, manage or assist in the management of an employment agency, or they may face prosecution, the government statement said.

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Employment agencies were reminded to fully comply with the law as well as their Code of Practice. Failure to do so may lead to prosecution and/or revocation of license, the statement said. 

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