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Recruitment Briefcase

Know the Laws

Written Employment Contract

Preparing Written Employment Contracts

Employers and employees are encouraged to enter into written employment contracts, which remind both parties of their obligations, and help avoid possible disputes. It should set out clearly the rights and responsibilities of both parties. Employers and employees are free to negotiate and agree on the terms and conditions of employment with reference to a company's own system of compensation and benefits provided that they do not violate the provisions of the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57). To serve as a reference for employers and employees, we have prepared a sample employment contract which sets out the essential terms and some common conditions of employment. If in doubt, employers and employees should consult their lawyers or the Labour Relations Division of the Labour Department.

Other Useful Information

Enquiries for ordinances and regulations related to employing staff

For the purpose of protecting and balancing the rights of different strata, the Government has passed various statutes where employers have to observe in the recruitment process.

Labour laws, including:

  • Employment Ordinance
  • Employees' Compensation Ordinance
  • Minimum Wage Ordinance
  • Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance
  • Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance
Labour Department
Telephone Enquiry Service: 2717 1771 (the hotline is handled by the "1823")
Website: www.labour.gov.hk

Discrimination laws, including:

  • Disability Discrimination Ordinance
  • Sex Discrimination Ordinance
  • Family Status Discrimination Ordinance
  • Race Discrimination Ordinance
Equal Opportunities Commission
Telephone: 2511 8211
Website: www.eoc.org.hk
Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2827 2827
Website: www.pcpd.org.hk
Immigration Ordinance Immigration Department
Telephone: 2824 6111
Website: www.immd.gov.hk
Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority
Telephone: 2918 0102
Website: http://www.mpfa.org.hk
Last Review Date: 25 July 2018
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