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MECAB currently has jurisdiction to handle claims with a claim amount not exceeding $8,000 per claimant and made by not more than 10 claimants.

The jurisdictional limit of the Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board (MECAB) has been increased by the HKSAR Government, from not exceeding HK$8,000 to not exceeding HK$15,000 per claimant.

This notification was published as the Minor Employment Claims Adjudication Board Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule) Notice 2021.

MECAB was established within the Labour Department (LD) under the above Ordinance to provide simple, quick and inexpensive adjudication service for employment claims arising from disputes of statutory or contractual rights of employment.

"Having examined the increase in employment earnings of local employees, the caseload of the MECAB and other factors, it is considered appropriate to increase the jurisdictional limit of the MECAB in respect of the claim amount to not exceeding $15,000 per claimant," a spokesman for the LD said.

The Notice will be introduced into the Legislative Council on July 14. Upon the completion of the negative vetting procedure by the Legislative Council, the revised jurisdictional limit of the MECAB will come into effect on 17 September 2021.

MECAB currently has jurisdiction to handle claims with a claim amount not exceeding $8,000 per claimant and made by not more than 10 claimants. Any employment claims with a claim amount or number of claimants higher than the jurisdictional limit of the MECAB will be adjudicated by the Labour Tribunal.

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