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Continuous Contract Requirement Under the Employment Ordinance: The Shift From “418” to “468”

posted 3 weeks ago

The Hong Kong Government is set to amend the longstanding continuous contract requirement under the Employment Ordinance (the “EO”). In this article, we are going to illustrate how this move will alter the landscape of employment relations in Hong Kong.

Current Legal Framework

Under the current provisions of the EO, employees who are employed by the same employer for four or more consecutive weeks and have worked for at least 18 hours a week are regarded as being employed under a “continuous contract” commonly known as the “418” requirement. The First Schedule of the EO governs the computation of these hours, including specific absences that may count towards the work hour threshold.

Employees who are employed under a “continuous contract” are entitled to various rights and benefits under the EO, such as statutory holiday pay, paid annual leave, sickness allowance, maternity/paternity leave, severance payment and long service payments, etc.

Proposed Amendments

The Labour Advisory Board recently reached a consensus that the “418” requirement will be modified and relaxed. Pursuant to the proposed amendments, employees who are employed by and work for the same employer for an aggregate of 68 hours or more in four consecutive weeks will be regarded as being employed under a “continuous contract” of employment.

The proposed amendments are not yet effective. The legislative process is underway, and an Amendment Bill will be introduced into the Legislative Council for scrutiny.

What it means for Employers and Employees? READ FULL ARTICLE

Note: This material has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as professional advice for any cases. Should you need further information or legal advice, please contact us.

By: Victor Yang, Sam Wu

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posted 5 days ago

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