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Welfare cases dip 0.2%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload dropped by 459 cases to 199,941 in January, down 0.2% from December last year, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients was 273,349.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month reduction of 0.8% to 1,568. Unemployment cases fell 0.6% to 17,075.   Single parent cases dropped 0.5% to 20,385. Old age cases dipped 0.3% to 112,032.   Meanwhile, ill-health cases increased 0.3% to 27,817, and permanent disability cases remained steady at 17,164.

Govt to lift employment law jab rule

The Labour Department today announced that from June 16, provisions under the Employment Ordinance relating to a legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request will be repealed.   From that day onwards, there will be no vaccination provisions under the Employment Ordinance, and any legitimate vaccination request made under the ordinance prior to June 16 shall cease to have effect on or after that date, the department explained.   Ancillary to the Government’s anti-epidemic measures, the jab provisions were added to the Employment Ordinance from June 17 last year, stipulating that the dismissal of an employee due to non-compliance with a legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request made by the employer is not considered as an unreasonable dismissal.   With the removal of the statutory Vaccine Pass requirement earlier and Hong Kong society resuming normalcy in full, the Government will repeal the vaccination provisions under the Employment Ordinance, having consulted the Health Bureau and the Department of Health.   The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 (Commencement) Notice will be published in the Gazette this Friday.

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