Labour Secretary Stephen Sui: ‘Bill vs EAs to be filed soon’

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HONG KONG’s Labour Department is  set to send to the Legislative Council a bill that will provide a basis for stiff fines and jail terms against erring employment agencies. On the sidelines of the diplomatic reception for the celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day held on June 8 at the Conrad Hong Kong, Labour and Welfare Secretary Stephen Sui told Hong Kong News the bill will be sent to the LegCo by the end of the week. “It’s our plan to send the bill by the end of next week and then we will put this forwa...

June 15, 2017

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THERE is no need for a foreign domestic helper to return to their home country if they could provide evidence of being abused and exploited. This was the assurance given by the Labour Department to officials of the Philippine Consulate and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in a recent Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting. The assur...

June 5, 2017

A High Court judge on Wednesday sentenced a construction worker from Togo to nine years in prison after he was found guilty of raping his Filipino domestic helper in his home in Tuen Mun in 2015. Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping sentenced 37-year-old KoKou Afla Apelete to nine years in prison for the offense of rape, and four years for indecent assau...

May 17, 2017

CHINA and the Philippines are expected to conclude a labor agreement that will expand the market and ensure ample protection for overseas Filipino workers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agreement may be firmed up during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Beijing on May 13. “We are still working out the details, b...

May 12, 2017

SHE shed tears and thanked those who helped her prove her innocence of three counts of “conspiracy to deal with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offense” after receiving money to her bank account from her online boyfriend. After the verdict was issued by Kowloon City Courts Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk...

May 16, 2017

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A Filipino domestic helper accused of hurting her four-year-old ward in 2016 has been charged with nine other cases before the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts. On June 9, R.L.D. appeared in Court 1. Among other cases, she was charged with common assault. Her duty lawyer sought an adjournment of the cases to July 7, say...

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A domestic helper who has been working in Hong Kong for 14 years now has been sentenced to nine weeks in prison after she was found guilty of performing odd jobs in a Filipino restaurant in Central. Another defendant, a Filipino male who also used to work as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, was acquitted of the same cha...

June 26, 2017

A Filipina call center agent who was caught at the Hong Kong International Airport in 2016 with an estimated $690,000-worth of cocaine  was sentenced to 18 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to  a drug trafficking charge. In sentencing A. R. S. Cruz on June 6, Court of First Instance Justice Albert Wong reduce...

June 23, 2017

SHE stole $100 from her employer because she never received any financial help from her. A Filipino domestic helper on Jun. 8 pleaded guilty to stealing the money from her employer on Apr. 26, 2017. The duty lawyer of M. Monge, a 33-year-old mother of two, told Eastern Courts Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai that when th...

June 22, 2017
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