Asked by : Hon Andrew CHENG
Replied by : SEM
Under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance (Cap. 282), employers are required to take out insurance to ensure that in case employees are injured or die in the course of their employment, the insurance companies concerned will undertake the liability for compensation. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council of the respective numbers of employers warned and prosecuted by the Labour Department for failing to take out valid insurance for their employees, the number of convicted cases and the average penalties imposed by the courts in each of the past three years?
The numbers of warnings given and prosecution instituted by Labour Department in the past three years against employers' failure to take out employees' compensation insurance as required under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance are as follows -
|No. of prosecutions||990||923||1042|
|No. of convictions||928||861||981|
|Highest fine recorded in a single case||$15,000||$10,000||$12,000|
* The prosecution policy of the Labour Department is to prosecute all employers who fail to take out valid employees' compensation insurance as required under the law. Nevertheless, the Labour Department will consult Department of Justice in special circumstances, for example, when the employment relationship between the employee and the employer cannot be clearly established. If it is considered that there is insufficient evidence to support successful prosecution, the Labour Department will issue warning letters instead of instituting prosecution.