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Employment agency fails to win back licence

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The Labour Department has refused to renew the licence of Ho Ting Chong (Manpower Resources), an employment agency (EA) specialising in construction recruitment.

The nominated operator had been an undischarged bankrupt (someone who is legally bankrupt, but who still has to pay back particular debts and cannot borrow again without telling financial organisations considering a loan that they are bankrupt.)

“Under the Employment Ordinance, the Commissioner for Labour may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, a licence of an EA, among other reasons, if the person operating or intending to operate the EA is an undischarged bankrupt, has contravened any provision of Part XII of the said Ordinance, or if he is considered not a fit and proper person to operate an EA,” a spokesman for the Labour Department said in a press release.

This is the fourth revocation of/refusal to renew an EA licence this year.

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