A Hong Kong recruitment agency has been fined for overcharging a foreign domestic helper. This is the fourth employment agency at the center of at least five illegal recruitment complaints referred by the Philippine consulate to the Hong Kong Labor Department this year.
The Government Information Service posted on its Web site on July 9 that Joyce Agency’s license has been revoked but did not indicate when and why. The HK Labor Department fined its owner, Fe Chung HK$8,000 (PhP47,700) and the excessive fee she collected from the worker.
Joyce Agency is the fourth recruitment agency to be put on trial for charging too much.
Three days earlier, HKLD fined Vicks Maid Consultant Company for the same charges, as well as for operating without a license.
Earlier this year, HKLD also fined Baguys Employment Agency and Satisfactory Employment & Travel Centre Limited for charging fees higher than the legal rate of 10% of the worker’s first monthly salary.
Migrant support organizations have linked Joyce, Vicks Maid and Satisfactory to numerous complaints for charging foreign domestic workers too much.
Via : rappler