|2022/07/18||Consultation on Occupational Safety and Occupational Health Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2022|
HKGCC supports the Government’s policy objective of improving health and safety at work. However, we believe that it can be achieved more effectively by means other than significantly raising penalties, and doubling the period for summons from six months to one year as proposed.
|2022/06/01||Submission on Public Consultation on the Review of the Statutory Minimum Wage Rate |
HKGCC welcomes the opportunity to comment on the review of the Statutory Minimum Wage (“SMW”) rate, which we recommend to be left unchanged at the current level of $37.5 per hour.
|2021/04/12||Vaccination as a means to save lives, hasten the end of the pandemic and accelerate economic recovery|
The Chamber considers achieving herd immunity in Hong Kong to be critical in bringing the coronavirus pandemic under control and restoring normalcy. To that end, a number of recommendations has been made to the Government to promote public buy-in and achieve a higher vaccination rate.
|2020/12/17||Response to the Government's Revised Amendment Proposal on Raising Penalties of Occupational Safety and Health Legislation|
The Chamber submitted a letter to the Labour and Welfare Bureau in response to the Government’s Revised Amendment Proposal on the Occupational Safety and Health Legislation. The Chamber disagreed with the substantial increase in penalties as it might lead to drastic consequences during the present dismayed economic situation. Instead, the Government should tackle the problem at source and focus on education and prevention instead of punishment.
|2020/06/16||Submission on Public Consultation on the Review of the Statutory Minimum Wage Rate|
The Chamber welcomes the opportunity to respond to the public consultation regarding the review of Statutory Minimum Wage rate. We recommend the Minimum Wage Commission to keep the Statutory Minimum Wage rate unchanged at the current level of $37.5 per hour in consideration of Hong Kong’s economic outlook and pressure facing by local businesses.
|2019/04/16||Proposed Amendments to the raising penalties of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Legislation |
The Chamber agrees with the Government's objective to lower rate of industrial accidents. However, the Chamber queries whether the proposed substantial increase in the maximum statutory level of penalties on businesses can achieve such objective. The Government should take a holistic approach and focus on other approaches to reducing industrial accidents, instead of simply increasing penalties and fines.
|2018/11/05||Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Retirement Scheme Ordinance|
The Chamber supports the Government’s efforts to implement anti-tax avoidance measures for plugging the loopholes of misusing or abusing Hong Kong to obtain ORSO exemption. We also call for a proper regulatory assessment in certain areas to ensure Hong Kong’s competitiveness would not be undermined, in particular an absolute ban on new exemption applications under ORSO.
|2017/06/13||Submission to the LegCo on the Report of the Standard Working Hours Committee |
The Chamber would like to provide our views on the report submitted by the Standard Working Hours Committee to the Chief Executive in January 2017 for the Legislative Council Manpower Panel’s consideration.
|2016/07/20||Consultation on Working Hours Policy Directions|
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce supports, in principle, the concept of having a “big frame”. We believe this option would adequately address employers and employees’ concerns about working hours, overtime and compensation arrangements without resorting to legislation. We object to the “small frame” as this artificial manipulation of employment terms for part of the labour force might weaken the flexibility of the labour market, thereby undermining our economy’s ability to adjust in adverse market conditions.
|2016/05/20||Review of Statutory Minimum Wage Rate|
Regarding the Minimum Wage Commission’s consultation exercise on the review of the Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate, given the recent economic slowdown and gloomy outlook, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce believes that the Commission should pay particular attention to keeping the appropriate balance of not having unduly low wages, minimizing job loss and sustaining Hong Kong’s economic growth and competitiveness in determining the wage rate. Therefore, we would like the Commission to consider maintaining the SMW rate unchanged at the current level.