The Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) ("MWO") came
into effect on 1 May 2011. The Reference Guidelines for Employers
and Employees in relation to the MWO were released on 28 March
2011. The Chinese version of the industry-specific guidelines were
released in April 2011. The English version of those
industry-specific guidelines has just been released.
The industry-specific guidelines cover the real estate agency,
logistics, property management, security services and cleaning
services, hotel and tourism, catering and retail industries. They
aim to address the characteristics and particular modes of
operation in those industries and are drawn up by the Labour
Department in consultation with employers and employee groups in
the respective industries. The guidelines contain examples covering
situations and employment terms that are particular to those
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Online registration requirement: As of January 1, 2017, companies with over 1,000 staff must register with Tas'heel online. 'Tas'heel' is the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation service provider, which processes work permits.
On 20 January 2017, notice was gazetted to increase the Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate to HK$34.50 per hour (up from the current HK$32.50 per hour). The new rate will come into effect on 1 May 2017.
For those fortunate enough to have accumulated bonus payments from a large bank or been made a beneficiary of their company's retirement or stock option plan, the term "vesting period" will be a familiar one.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (the Ministry) recently announced three key changes to the resolutions regarding Emiratisation which will come into effect from 1 January 2017.
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