The Employment Ordinance applies to all employees with the following exceptions:

  1. a family member who lives in the same dwelling as the employer;
  2. an employee as defined in the Contracts for Employment Outside Hong Kong Ordinance;
  3. a person serving under a crew agreement under the Merchant Shipping (Seafarers) Ordinance, or on board a ship which is not registered in Hong Kong; and
  4. an apprentice whose contract of apprenticeship has been registered under the Apprenticeship Ordinance, other than certain provisions of the Employment Ordinance.

If you are not sure about the coverage of the Employment Ordinance, please seek help from the Labour Relations Division of Labour Department.

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