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2022 Employment Support Scheme - Points to note for employers in relation to changes in employee headcounts

According to the Government, pursuant to the 2022 Employment Support Scheme (ESS), 77,000 employers have had their wage subsidies for May 2022 approved, representing total funding of approximately HK$5.2 billion. As a brief reminder, the ESS is a support scheme first implemented in 2020 to provide employers with the financial support needed to retain their employees. The financial support given was in the form of wage subsidies disbursed in 2 tranches, with the first tranche used for employee wages during the period from June to August 2020, and the second tranche used for the period from September to November 2020. Like the ESS implemented in 2020, the 2022 ESS will also provide successful employer applicants with wage subsidies, but the focus of the scheme is to help businesses rebuild as quickly as possible and to encourage employers to increase their employment rates (as opposed to merely keeping businesses afloat). ...

#BreakTheBias: Employers’ duty to protect breastfeeding mothers at work

A breastfeeding survey conducted by the Department of Health has revealed that the percentage of women breastfeeding their newborn babies in 2018 was 87.5%, which has increased by over 30% since 2004. With the number of breastfeeding mothers increasing, it is important to ask the question – has your organisation done its part to #BreakTheBias and more specifically taken steps to prevent discrimination and harassment against breastfeeding women in the workplace? ...

An influx of talent is needed to remedy the IT drought facing Hong Kong companies

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How to keep recruiters keen, when they first make contact

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Retailer expansion drives need for property and construction expertise

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High-flying, fast-riding trips to loyalty and productivity

Nick Rhodes, director of personnel at Cathay Pacific Airways, said part of the reason why the company was named the Most Attractive Employer at the 2014 Randstad Award is its appeal to a wide variety of jobseekers. “It is true that aviation is seen as an exciting and dynamic industry but, to be honest, Cathay Pacific is an attractive employer because we offer such a wide variety of jobs.” ...