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Hong Kong court sentences unlicensed staffing operator

Hong Kong court sentences unlicensed staffing operator

July 10, 2024

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The Hong Kong Labour Department said a man was sentenced to 120 hours of community service on 10 July for managing an employment agency without a valid licence. The sentencing was handed out at the Fanling Magistrates’ Courts.

A complaint had been received against the man — who was not named — in December 2022 by an employer seeking to hire a foreign domestic helper, according to the department. A subsequent investigation found that he lacked a license.

The maximum penalty for unlicensed operation of an employment agency, or overcharging commissions from job seekers, is a fine of HKD 350,000 (USD 44,804) and imprisonment for three years.