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All EC insurers and employers are advised to take note that a
resolution has been passed by the Legislative Council on 4 February
2015 to increase the statutory compensation levels under various
employees compensation ordinances, including the ECO, to bring them
in line with wage and price increases and other relevant factors
over the past two years. The amendments will take effect for work
accidents happening on or after 5 March 2015.
The amendments include:
Increasing the ceiling of monthly earnings from HK$23,580 to
HK$26,070. This figure is the basis for calculating the maximum
amounts of compensation for permanent total incapacity (Section 9)
and for death under the ECO.
Increase the minimum of monthly earnings from HK$3,490 to
HK$3,690. This figure affects a claimant's entitlement under
section 10 of the ECO (i.e., periodical payment).
Increasing the minimum levels of compensation for death from
HK$340,040 to HK$375,950.
Increasing the minimum levels of compensation for permanent
total incapacity from HK$386,110 to HK$426,880.
Increasing the maximum amount of compensation for employees
requiring attention by another person from HK$462,890 to
Increasing the maximum amount of funeral expenses from HK$70,000
Increasing the cost for supplying and fitting of a prosthesis or
surgical appliance from HK$33,460 to HK$36,430.
Increasing cost of repair and renewal of a prosthesis or
surgical appliance from HK$101,390 to HK$110,390.
As for the surcharge on late payment of compensation, increasing
the minimum amount of surcharge imposed upon expiry of the payment
period from HK$550 to HK$610 and the minimum of a further surcharge
imposed three months after the expiry of the payment period from
HK$1,100 to HK$1,220.
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