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Legal consideration when employing an employee in Hong Kong

A guide to the legal considerations that should be taken when employing an employee in Hong Kong.

This guide gives an overview of the key legal considerations that an employer should take when employing an employee in Hong Kong, with an introduction to the main labour legislations in Hong Kong; an overview of their application throughout an employment relationship (including statutory minimum wage, the statutory protection and benefits granted to employees – such as the different types of paid leaves, severance payment, long service payment, end-of-year payment, and the prohibition on wage deductions); a summary of how wages and employee entitlements are defined and calculated; key considerations that should be taken into account before proceeding with termination of an employment contract; and a concise overview of other employment issues such as insurance, Hong Kong’s pension system being the Mandatory Provident Fund scheme, tax, employment visa, and discrimination.

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