Following a review, the Legislative Council passed 3 resolutions to increase the amount of a total of 15 compensation items under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, the Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation) Ordinance and the Occupational Deafness Compensation Ordinance. The revised levels of compensation took effect from 21 July 2012.

The levels of compensation are normally adjusted every 2 years in line with wage and price movements. A review was conducted against the backdrop of the substantive wage increase brought by the implementation of the statutory minimum wage and was also impacted by rising price levels and funeral expenses.

The new levels of compensation are applicable to accidents that take place on or after 21 July 2012.

Full details of the amendments can be found on the Labour Department’s website which can be accessed via this link.