Domestic workers in Hong Kong. Photo: Asia Times

Hong Kong’s Labour Department has refused to renew the license of an employment agency located in the Mong Kok area of Kowloon.

In a government release issued on Tuesday, the commissioner for labour said the licensee of JK Company was not a fit and proper person to operate an employment agency. The commissioner said the company had failed to comply the standard set out in the department’s Code of Practice, despite warnings.

One of the company’s malpractices was a failure to draw up service agreements between domestic workers and their employers.

The department’s refusal to renew the license is its first this year. However six employment agencies either had their licenses revoked or were refused renewal last year.

Reasons varied from overcharging jobseekers to luring employers into deducting part of their domestic workers’ wages for payment of fees, withholding passports from domestic workers without reasonable excuse, and failing to draw up service agreements with job seekers and employers.

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