Hong Kong – Maximum amounts of ex gratia payment items from Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund to be raised

Maximum amounts of ex gratia payment items from Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund to be raised

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     ​The levels of ex gratia payments granted from the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund for employees who are owed wages, wages in lieu of notice, severance payment, pay for untaken annual leave and pay for untaken statutory holidays by their insolvent employers will be increased.

 

     Through a resolution of the Legislative Council under the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Ordinance today (June 16), the maximum amounts of a number of ex gratia payment items under the Fund will be increased, including (a) arrears of wages from $36,000 to $80,000; (b) wages in lieu of notice from $22,500 to $45,000; (c) severance payment from $50,000 plus 50 per cent of any excess entitlement to $100,000 plus 50 per cent of any excess entitlement; and (d) pay for untaken annual leave and/or pay for untaken statutory holidays from $10,500 to $26,000. 

 

     The adjusted maximum amounts will come into effect tomorrow (June 17) upon gazettal of the resolution and will apply in respect of wages, wages in lieu of notice, severance payment, pay for untaken annual leave and pay for untaken statutory holidays, the liability of payment for which arose on or after that date. This legislative amendment is an important step in enhancing employees’ protection. 

 

     The Fund was set up in 1985 to provide timely financial relief in the form of ex gratia payment to employees of insolvent employers. 

Canada – Increase in the maximum amount of compensation the Agency can award for accessibility-related complaints

Since January 1st 2022, the maximum compensation for accessibility-related complaints has increased to $20,536.81.

January 20 2022 – Gatineau, QC – Canadian Transportation Agency

Since January 1st 2022, the maximum compensation for accessibility-related complaints has increased to $20,536.81.

In the context of an accessibility complaint, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) may award compensation for pain and suffering and compensation if an undue barrier or contravention of an accessibility-related regulation is the result of a willful or reckless practice.

The Canada Transportation Act sets the maximum amount for each of these types of compensation at $20,000 and requires the CTA to adjust it for inflation every year.

In a determination issued on December 24, 2021, the CTA calculated the adjusted amount as being $20,536.81 for the year 2022.

For more information on the Agency’s regulations, guidance and guidelines for accessible transportation in Canada, visit our web page on Accessible Transportation.

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