Licence of employment agency revoked
A spokesman for the Labour Department (LD) today (February 8) reminded operators of employment agencies (EAs) to conduct their business in compliance with the law and the requirements of the Code of Practice for EAs (CoP) at all times.
The LD has revoked the EA licence of KK Employment Agency located in Sham Shui Po, the licensee of which was earlier convicted of operating another EA without a licence. The licensee concerned had appealed to the Administrative Appeals Board but the appeal was dismissed.
Under section 53(1)(c)(iv) of the Employment Ordinance (EO), the Commissioner for Labour may revoke the licence of an EA if he is satisfied that the licensee has contravened any provision of Part XII or any regulation made under section 62 of the EO.
"The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, which came into effect on February 9, 2018, stipulates that the Commissioner may refuse to issue or renew a licence, or may revoke a licence, if he is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the licensee or the person intending to be the licensee of an EA, or a related person of or an individual employed by the licensee or the person intending to be the licensee, has contravened any provision of Part XII or any regulation made under section 62 of the EO, such as overcharging job seekers or operating an EA without a licence, or has not complied with the CoP issued under section 62A(1) of the EO," a spokesman for the LD said.
The LD has revoked the licenses of a total of four EAs since 2021, including the above case.
For enquires about matters related to EAs or complaints about alleged malpractices, please call the Employment Agencies Administration of the LD at 2115 3667, or visit its office at Unit 906, 9/F, One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon.
Ends/Tuesday, February 8, 2022