Authority to increase efficiency in prosecuting labour law offenders

Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Issue 567, Page 3
Word count: 221
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Prosecutions against offenders of the labour law will be carried out in a faster pace starting January 1, 2009.

In order to complement with the new labour law, the Executive Council passed the administrative regulation which was to revise the labour inspection rules.

The spokesman of the Executive Council, Tong Chi Kin, announced the major changes of the administrative regulation at the government headquarters yesterday.

As the new labour law has removed the period of allowing offenders to correct their violations before needing to be tried, Tong said the revision would see the length of sending the dossier to the judiciary authorities being cut from 40 days to 20 days.

However, Tong said the 20-day deadline would only applicable on cases which were put forward after the revised regulation came into effect.

Also, the competency of the Labour Affairs Bureau’s labour protection department and the prevention of harm office would be slightly adjusted.

On the other hand, in respond to the Chief Executive’s announcement during his presentation of the 2009 policy address, the Executive Council drafted a bill to reduce the stamp duty for real estate transfer from three to one percent.

If the Legislative Assembly passed the revision, Tong said the new rate for stamp duty would be effective from the next day after being published in the Official Gazette.

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