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The additional four weeks on top of the existing maternity leave may dampen an already strained relationship between pregnant migrant domestic workers and their respective employers, a non-governmental organisation said Friday.

The response came after the Labour Department (LD) announced that the amendments to the Employment Ordinance extending the statutory maternity leave to 14 weeks will take effect next Friday.

PathFinders HK, a group protecting migrant domestic workers’ maternity rights...

11 hours ago
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More COVID-19 cases of unknown origin were detected in Hong Kong among the 112 new infections city health authorities confirmed Friday.

The Centre for Health Protection said local unlinked infections hit 36—higher than Thursday’s which saw 31 cases whose sources could not be traced and was already a five-month high.

The city also saw its youngest COVID-19 related death to date: a 38-year-old male who was also infected with Type A influenza. His passing has brought the number of coronavirus...

11 hours ago
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Newly-arrived domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia were among the 90 new COVID-19 cases health authorities detected on Thursday.

The Centre for Health Protection reported the two workers, along with another returnee from the Philippines, were among the 11 imported cases. The other infected individuals from overseas hailed from Nepal, Russia, Pakistan, France, and Japan.

A spokesperson from the Department of Health said the Filipina domestic worker was aged 31 and the returnee ...

1 day ago
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Hong Kong’s health minister on Wednesday unveiled plans to provide free and voluntary COVID-19 vaccination for all its residents as the city confirmed 103 new coronavirus cases.

Secretary for Food and Health Prof. Sophia Chan Siu-hee told lawmakers at the Legislative Council meeting today that the government will prioritize giving the COVID-19 vaccine to around 3 million people belonging to high-risk groups.

Chan said they have also earmarked HK$10 million for publicity and education on CO...

December 2, 2020
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The Hong Kong Customs on Tuesday arrested a staff member of an employment agency after she supplied false information to a would-be employer of a domestic worker.

The Customs, in a statement, said a female staff member from the unnamed employment agency reportedly told her customer that they would arrange another domestic helper without additional charge if the job application was withdrawn by the domestic helper due to personal reasons.

But the domestic worker the customer hired backed out. T...

December 2, 2020
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The Immigration Department (ImmD) recorded 208,677 domestic workers from the Philippines in November—up by 534 from the previous month—as an agency union head said this shows signs of stabilization in the recruitment process.

Thoman Chan, chairman of the Hong Kong Union of Employment Agencies, told Hong Kong News that the figure has not changed significantly because the hiring processes have not yet changed too much.

But with issues surrounding exorbitant training fees charged from worker...

December 2, 2020
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The Immigration Department (ImmD) on Tuesday said services at the Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres will be suspended starting Dec. 2 until further notice, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases across the city.

According to a notice on its website, those who have made appointments for replacement may go to the centres once services return.

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December 1, 2020
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A Filipina domestic worker acquitted of theft was awarded her claim of HK$4,736.26 from the employer who accused her.

Ana Liezel Berbana sought claims from employer Wong Ma-nger, who had reported to the police that the Filipina allegedly stole RMB1,700 from her in Dec. 2018.

Berbana’s claims included HK$4,310 for wages in lieu of notice, HK$426.26 for her annual leave, and HK$34,480 in lieu of damages for breach of trust.

The adjudicator, Presiding Officer W. H. Pun, had ...

December 1, 2020
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Hong Kong will revert to setting a two-person cap on both public gatherings and diners per table in its retightening of social distancing measures amid the worsening COVID-19 situation in the city.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the restrictions on Monday afternoon, the tightest since the start of the third wave in mid-July, as the city faced 76 new COVID-19 cases.

Lam said the new restrictions, which were discussed with the four government experts on the pandemic over the weekend, will ...

November 30, 2020
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All in-person classes for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools will be suspended starting Wednesday, as Hong Kong’s confirmed 115 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday.

Of the 115, 62 were linked to the dance cluster. The cluster now has 479 infections.

Sunday's tally marks the city's highest number of cases since Aug. 1, when 125 infections were recorded.

Schools also saw more infections. Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan in her daily situation report said a 16-year-old female stu...

November 29, 2020