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Rules for vaccinated staff relaxed

The Government today announced its decision to maintain the current social distancing measures and specified that premises' staff who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course will not be required to undergo regular testing.   The Food & Health Bureau pointed out that the number of local confirmed cases has declined to a lower level.   However, it explained that to continue containing the spread of the disease and to strive for zero case as soon as possible, taking into account the pressure for potential rebound of the epidemic brought by earlier relaxation of social distancing measures and the frequent gatherings among the public during the long holiday, the existing social distancing measures must be maintained for two more weeks.   Noting that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been smoothly implemented for a while, the bureau said some staff of the catering business premises or scheduled premises have completed the vaccination course, ie after 14 days following

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Maternity leave pay scheme opens

The Labour Department today announced that the Reimbursement of Maternity Leave Pay Scheme is now open for applications from employers.   The statutory maternity leave (ML) under the Employment Ordinance has been extended from 10 weeks to 14 weeks effective from December 11, 2020.   Through the scheme, employers can apply for reimbursement of the statutory maternity leave pay (MLP) paid to employees in respect of the 11th to 14th weeks, subject to a cap of $80,000 per employee.   The department has appointed a processing agent to assist with the scheme’s implementation.   An application for MLP reimbursement must meet four requirements. Firstly, the employee concerned has been employed by the applicant and entitled to ML and MLP under the Employment Ordinance.   Secondly, the employee has taken her ML and the applicant has paid MLP for all of the 14 weeks to the employee.   Thirdly, the employee’s confinement occurred on or after December 11, 2020.   Lastly, the MLP paid to the employee for the additional four weeks has not been and will not be covered or subsidised by other government funding.   Employers, after paying employees all of the statutory MLP, may directly submit online applications through the Reimbursement Easy Portal.   Employers may also download the application form from the portal or obtain it from the department’s Labour Relations Division offices or the scheme's service centre at Unit 204, 2/F, South Island Place, 8 Wong Chuk Hang Road.   Call 2636 6353 for enquiries.
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