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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.


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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