Hong Kong's labour unions are complaining that the courts are too merciful in punishing offenders of the minimum wage law, reports the South China Morning Post.
In Hong Kong, the proposed maximum penalty is a fine of HK$350,000 and three years' jail. But while some punishments have been imposed, no employer has been served anything close to the maximum, notes the Post.
"Quite often judges merely tell employers that they should immediately pay workers the unpaid wages otherwise a severe penalty would be imposed. For repeat offenders, judges should punish them to the full immediately," Lawmaker Ip Wai-ming, a senior secretary of the Federation of Trade Unions, told the Post.
The statutory minimum wage bill is scheduled to be enacted next month, when the minimum wage level will be announced.