The Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board (“the Board”) was established on 1 July 1991 under the Employees Compensation Assistance Ordinance (Cap. 365) (“the Ordinance”). It administers the Employees Compensation Assistance Fund (“the Fund”) set up under the Ordinance and implements the Employees Compensation Assistance Scheme for the protection of the entitlement of employees and eligible persons to compensation and relief payments Note for work injuries.
The Fund is financed by a levy payable by employers when they take out employees’ compensation insurance policies. The levy, imposed under the Employees’ Compensation Insurance Levies Ordinance, is collected by the Employees’ Compensation Insurance Levies Management Board (“ECILMB”). The levy rate is 5.8%, of which 3.1% is allotted to the Board, 2.0% to the Occupational Safety and Health Council and 0.7% to the Occupational Deafness Compensation Board.
The statutory functions of the Board are:
- to hold the Fund on trust and to administer it for the benefit of those eligible for compensation under the Fund;
- to receive monies collected from insurers by the ECILMB;
- to assess and determine the eligibility of applications for assistance payments from the Fund;
- to regularly advise the ECILMB on the amounts required to meet known and anticipated claims against the Fund; and
- to carry out other functions assigned to it under the Ordinance.
Appointed by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, the nine-member Board represents various interests and professionals. It comprises:
- the chairman;
- 2 members representing employers;
- 2 members representing employees;
- 1 expert member in the practice of accounting, investment or law;
- 1 expert member in the practice of insurance; and
- 2 public officers representing the Commissioner for Labour and the Director of Legal Aid.
Their term of office is two years and the current term commenced on 1 July 2020 and will last until 30 June 2022.
Note: An injured employee who is awarded by the court an amount of common law damages and is successful in his application for assistance from the Fund would be granted a “relief payment” in lieu. The relief payment shall not exceed the aggregate sum of damages awarded by the court and shall not cover any interest on such damages and costs arising from proceedings in respect of damages. Where the amount of relief payment does not exceed $6 million, it will be paid in full in a lump sum. If it exceeds $6 million, an initial payment of $6 million shall be paid and then followed by monthly payments calculated at the rate of the monthly earnings of the employee at the time of the accident or $40,000, whichever is the higher (in the case of an employee who is suffering from paraplegia or quadriplegia and has been determined as a “severely-injured relevant eligible person” under the Employees Compensation Assistance Ordinance, an additional monthly payment of $40,000 as prescribed monthly amount (extra)), until the total amount of damages awarded by the court is paid off.
- Mr. LIU Tat-yin, Kennedy
- Ms. WONG Yuek-lan
- Mr. CHUI Man-wai, Rayman
- Mr. LAM Wai-kong
- Ms. LEE Sau-king
- Ms. HO Wei-wun, Vivian
- Mr. NG Wing-fat, Ronnie
- Mr. LI Chi-chung, Simon, JP (representative of the Commissioner for Labour)
- Ms. MO Yuk-wah, JP (representative of the Director of Legal Aid)
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