By Danny Lee
South China Morning Post | 11 August 2018
The Labour Department intends to begin publishing blacklists of rogue employment agencies online to help Hong Kong jobseekers, especially domestic helpers, stay clear of unscrupulous operators such as those charging exorbitant fees.
The lists, to be updated monthly, will name agencies that fall into three categories: those convicted of overcharging or having unlicensed operations; those whose licences were revoked or not renewed; and those who received written warnings for poor conduct, such as withholding passports of workers and failing to draw up agreements with them.
The department said the changes would help “jobseekers and employers make a more informed decision and avoid falling prey to unscrupulous employment agencies”. It would also “foster the adoption of good practices by employment agencies and raise the service standard of the [industry],” it added.