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Which types of employees are not covered by the Employment Ordinance?

Labour Department

The Employment Ordinance applies to all employees with the following exceptions:

  1. a family member who lives in the same dwelling as the employer;
  2. an employee as defined in the Contracts for Employment Outside Hong Kong Ordinance;
  3. a person serving under a crew agreement under the Merchant Shipping (Seafarers) Ordinance, or on board a ship which is not registered in Hong Kong; and
  4. an apprentice whose contract of apprenticeship has been registered under the Apprenticeship Ordinance, other than certain provisions of the Employment Ordinance.

If you are not sure about the coverage of the Employment Ordinance, please contact 1823 or seek help from the Labour Relations Division of Labour Department.

The is not a legal document. The Ordinance remains the sole authority for the provisions of the law explained.

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Last update: 15 Oct 2019
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