LC Paper No. CB(2) 93/98-99(01)

LegCo Panel on Manpower

List of outstanding items for discussion

(as at 23.7.1998)

1. Member's bill on age discrimination to be introduced by Hon LAU Chin-shek

Proposed by Mr LAU Chin-shek on 14 July 1998. He intends to introduce a Member's bill on age discrimination in this session and will brief members on the bill beforehand.

2. Review on employment conditions of live-in domestic helpers

The purpose of the review is to assess whether special arrangements are required for this group of employees. The Administration aims to complete the review by the third quarter of 1998.

3. Review of working time arrangements

The review includes a study on the pattern of working time arrangements of Hong Kong's workforce, an assessment of likely economic implications, overseas experience and practices etc.. The Administration is in the process of finalising the review.

4. Review on re-instatement

The Administration has advised that it has commenced the review on re-instatement in July 1998. The main purpose of the review is to consider whether there is a need to introduce changes to the condition for re-instatement which is at present subject to mutual consent of employers and employees. The review is expected to be completed by the end of 1998.

5. Proposal on minimum wage

Requested by the Hong Kong Social Security Society and agreed by the Chairman. In its research paper circulated to members vide LC Paper No. CB(2) 87/98-99, the Society suggests the setting up of a Wages Council for the establishment of a system on minimum wage and the Administration to take the lead in implementing minimum wage.

Legislative Council Secretariat
23 July 1998