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Associate of licensed employment agency convicted of overcharging helper

15 October 2019

Code of Practice for  agencies forbid collecting more than the allowed commission

An associate of a licensed employment agency has been convicted and fined $3,000 in Kowloon City Court for overcharging a foreign domestic helper, the Labour Department said.

The Employment Agencies Administration investigated and prosecuted the associate of Best Ka Hei Employment Agency in Kowloon City after the helper complained she had been charged excessive commission. 
The EAA gathered sufficient evidence to prove the offence, and Labour prosecuted the associate.

Hong Kong law states that a licensee or his associate, or a person purporting to act as such as licensee or associate, is not allowed to collect from a job seeker any fees other than a commission, which must not exceed 10% of the job seeker’s first monthly salary.

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The Labour Department reminded agencies to operate in full compliance with the law and the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies at all times. Failure to do so may lead to prosecution and/or revocation of licence. 

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 that took effect on Feb 9, 2018, has raised the maximum penalty for overcharging job seekers to a fine of $350,000 and imprisonment for three years.

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For enquiries or complaints about unlicensed operation or overcharging by agencies, call the EAA 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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