Employment Support Scheme 2022 (ESS 2022)

The Hong Kong Government has launched a third round of financial support to aid employers retain their current employees, or even employ more staff, as part of its continued Anti-epidemic Fund measures. Eligible employers can receive subsidies of up to HKD8,000 per employee for three months whilst eligible self-employed applicants can receive a one-off payment. The Employment Support Scheme 2022 eligibility criteria and application process are largely the same as for the initial scheme launched in 2020. The application process opens today, 29 April, and runs until 12 May 2022. Eligibility Employer: must have participated in Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) or set-up Occupational Retirement (ORSO) Schemes on or before 31 December 2021; is not listed in Part 1 of the Exclusion List (including Government organisations, consulates, universities); is not involved in winding up, deregistration or striking-off process, or has not become dormant; and has fully settled all clawback/penalty payments relating to the 2020 ESS by 10 May 2022.  Self-employed person: should apply in an individual capacity as a self-employed person; must have successfully created an MPF ‘self-employed person’ account on or before 31 December 2021, and have not terminated the account at the time of application; and where an eligible self-employed person has more than one MPF ‘self-employed person’ account, only one application can be made. Subsidy structure and calculations Employers can choose the reference month against which the MPF/ORSO wage records are referenced to calculate the subsidies. Where employers successfully applied for ESS 2020 subsidies, the same reference month can be used, or if preferred, a month between October to December 2021 can be chosen if it provides a higher wage subsidy. New applicants must select a reference month … Discover More

Employment Support Scheme (ESS)

The Hong Kong Government has announced the application details for the second payment instalment of its Employment Support Scheme (ESS). Eligible employers may submit their applications for the second tranche wage subsidies from 31 August to 13 September 2020. Employers who have previously applied for the first tranche of the wage subsidies (for wages paid from June to August 2020) must submit a new application (whether the first application was successful or not).

Hong Kong to increase maternity leave to 14 weeks

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has recently passed the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019 (the Bill) which enhances the leave benefits of female employees who are employed under a continuous contract of employment. The key changes are as follows: An increase in the statutory maternity leave entitlement from the existing 10 weeks to 14 weeks. The daily rate of maternity leave pay for the extended four weeks of maternity leave shall be at the rate of four-fifths of the employee’s daily average wages. The maternity leave pay for these four weeks of maternity leave is capped at HKD80,000 per employee.  The Government has committed to reimburse employers payment in respect of the extended period of maternity leave (details are still to be confirmed). The period of pregnancy mentioned in the definition of “miscarriage” will be shortened from 28 weeks to 24 weeks. A female employee who suffers a miscarriage at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy may thus be entitled to maternity leave. A certificate of attendance, as an alternative to a medical certificate, will be accepted as proof of entitlement to sickness allowance for a day on which a female employee attends a medical examination in relation to her pregnancy. The amendments are not yet in force. The Bill is expected to be effected by the end of the year. Marbury services Marbury offer a comprehensive HR & payroll solution to employers in Hong Kong. Marbury’s professionals help our clients to understand local operating conditions, tax regulations and company and labour laws and then keep them compliant throughout helping to manage all the company’s statutory obligations. Marbury can assist to assess the company’s eligibility for available subsidies and to make the application to … Discover More