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Temporary Unemployment Relief

Update (13.4.2022): The application period has ended. Please visit this website to check your application results. The Government has launched the Temporary Unemployment Relief (“the Scheme”) under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund to provide assistance for people who have lost their jobs due to the fifth wave of the epidemic and to reduce their financial stress before they find another job, benefitting the following persons – (1) who were rendered unemployed since the fifth wave of the epidemic started in late December 2021; and (2) who have been requested not to work temporarily by the employers as the premises in which they work have been restricted under social distancing measures. Such premises include: scheduled premises regulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) that have suspended operation for the time being catering premises whose operations have either been suspended or restricted   Full-time and part-time employees as well as self-employed persons may apply. A one-off subsidy of $10,000 will be granted to each eligible applicant under the Scheme. The application period of the Scheme will last for three weeks from 23 March at 8:00 am to 12 April at 11:59 pm. For details on eligibility and definition or calculation of employment income, please refer to the official website of the Scheme. The following are demonstration videos for online application: For applicants with income recorded under MPF schemes   For applicants without MPF schemes Source:Website of Temporary Unemployment Relief Scheme

How do I choose an insurance policy that best suits my needs?

Insurance is a risk-transfer tool. An individual who takes out an insurance policy pays a premium to transfer the risk of a potential financial loss to an insurer. The larger the expected financial loss, the more important insurance is. To deal with unpredictable risks and to ensure financial security, it is better to take out appropriate insurance as early as possible. No one can predict the future. Without being insured, you may experience financial hardship in the event of an accident. But if you are insured before the accident, you will receive monetary compensation from the insurer to cover at least part of your costs. The earlier you take out an insurance policy, the sooner you are protected. How do I choose an insurance policy that best suits my needs?Changes in the stages of your life affect your risk exposure and responsibilities. To choose a policy that suits your needs, you should, in general, identify your protection needs and objectives according to your current life stage. You can use the online assessment tool developed by the Insurance Authority to find out whether your existing insurance coverage is adequate for your circumstances and forecast your insurance needs for the next 50 years. Which types of insurance do I need?Consider why you want to buy insurance and learn about the functions and features of the different insurance products so that you can choose the type that best suits your needs in different stages of your life. Here are some common insurance products for individuals:1. Life insurance2. Critical illness insurance3. Medical insurance (Group and individual medical insurance)4. Accident insurance 5. Annuity6. Fire insurance or home insurance7. Motor insurance 8. Travel insurance 9. Domestic helper insurance Should I purchase every type of insurance? Is more insurance always better?Everyone has their own path on their life journey with their particular circumstances and financial situation, so everyone has different insurance needs. Furthermore, some insurance products, like medical insurance, work on a reimbursement basis. You cannot claim more than the amount actually paid even if you are covered by a number of insurance policies or a policy with a huge sum insured. And the more policies you have and the higher the amount insured, the higher the premiums you will have to pay. Be sure you do not end up with financial problems because of taking out too many policies. Before choosing an insurance product that suits you in terms of coverage, sum insured, premium level and risk level, identify your protection needs according to your current life stage by making reference to one of the following situations: childhood and adolescence, young adulthood, mature adulthood, raising a family, pre-retirement. For more details, please visit the Insurance Authority’s thematic sitelet or its YouTube channel to watch the relevant video series (The information is abstracted from the Insurance Authority’s thematic sitelet)

Love Upgrading Special Scheme (Phase 5)

The Employees Retraining Board (ERB) has launched the “Love Upgrading Special Scheme” (Phase 5) (the Scheme) in Jan 2022 to continue its support to people in need of skills enhancement.The Scheme offers around 500 training courses straddling 28 industries, including around 410 vocational skills courses, around 30 innovation and technology courses, and around 60 generic skills courses.  Among them, there will be around 120 dedicated courses for young people, ethnic minorities, new arrivals, persons with disabilities and persons recovered from work injuries.  60% of all courses on offer can be conducted online.In addition, the Scheme continues to offer an array of special arrangements, including no restriction on engaging industry or educational attainment of trainees, courses offered free of charge, disbursement of special allowance at a ceiling of $5,800 per month, provision of “Enterprise-based Training”, as well as the time-limited flexible measure of lowering the attendance rate requirement for disbursing the special allowance from 80% to 60%, which is also applicable to ERB regular courses with classes commencing within the Scheme period (i.e. 1 January to 30 September 2022).  To uphold the training quality, trainees are still required to meet the standard attendance rate requirement of respective courses (80% in general) before they are eligible for the course-end assessment and graduation certificates upon passing of the assessments.  Trainees who have completed full time vocational skills courses or placement-tied courses with an attainment of 80% attendance rate will be provided with placement follow-up service. Applicants have to be unemployed, underemployed or required by employers to take no pay leave on or after 1 June 2019 and should meet the entry requirements of individual courses.  Eligible applicants can submit the application in person, by post or online. Application period: 1 January to 30 June 2022

Subscribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2022 to your electronic calendar!

From now on you can save time in adding public holidays to your electronic calendar!  1823 Online has prepared the Hong Kong Public Holidays calendar in iCal format for your use! iCal, short form of iCalendar, is a common file format used for sharing calendar data. iCal is compatible with most of the current calendar program.1823 Online currently provides data of HK public holidays for 2020-2022. For new users, public holidays for 2020-2022 will be shown in your calendar after subscribing to our iCal. For users who have already subscribed to our iCal, your mobile devices will automatically update the information of public holidays for 2019-2021 to information of 2020-2022 after synchronisation. >>>Click here to susbcribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2021 to your electronic calendar! A statutory holiday is not equivalent to public holidayThe Employment Ordinance does not require an employer to grant leaves on public holidays to his/her employees.  In Hong Kong, in addition to Sundays, there are 17 public holidays, but the number of statutory holidays is only 12.  Public holidays such as Good Friday, the day following Good Friday, Easter Day, the Buddha's Birthday and the day following Christmas Day are not statutory holidays. Please click here for more details of statutory holidays and public holidays. The 13 statutory holidays for 2022 are:1. The first day of January - 1 January (Saturday)2. Lunar New Year’s Day - 1 February (Tuesday)3. The second day of Lunar New Year - 2 February (Wednesday)4. The third day of Lunar New Year - 3 February (Thursday)5. Ching Ming Festival - 5 April (Tuesday)6. Labour Day - 1 May (Sunday)7. The Birthday of the Buddha* - 8 May (Sunday)8. Tuen Ng Festival - 3 June (Friday)9. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day - 1 July (Friday)10. The second day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival - 12 September (Monday)11. National Day - 1 October (Saturday)12. Chung Yeung Festival - 4 October (Tuesday)13. Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer) - 22 December (Thursday) or 25 December (Sunday)(*The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 will come into operation on 1 January 2022. The first newly added statutory holiday is the Birthday of the Buddha on 8 May 2022.)The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a SundayAccording to the Employment Ordinance, in the event that the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a Sunday, the day thereafter (i.e. the 17th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar) is designated as a statutory holiday in substitution. As the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival of 2022 falls on a Sunday, 12 September (Monday) will be designated as a statutory holiday. Please visit the website of Labour Department for more details.