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Q: Do employers need to pay wages for each and every hour worked by employees? Must wages for each hour meet the SMW rate? View : 77
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According to the Minimum Wage Ordinance, minimum wage for an employee for a wage period is the amount derived by multiplying the total number of hours (including any part of an hour) worked by the employee in the wage period by the SMW rate. The employee should be paid wages not less than this amount in respect of the wage period.

Hence, the basic principle is that wages payable to an employee in respect of any wage period should be no less than the SMW rate on average for the total number of hours worked in the wage period. The Ordinance does not prescribe that payment must be accorded for each and every hour worked or wages for each hour must meet the SMW rate.

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