The Labour Department has revoked the license of an employment agency for severe violations of requirements set out in the Code of Practice for employment agents in Hong Kong.

The company was Happy J Employment Agency, located in Tsuen Wan in the New Territories, according to a government release.

The government statement said the agency had been involved in the financial affairs of a job seeker and withheld the woman’s passport in order to force her to make a payment or repayment to a financial institution.

It also failed to send a signed copy of the completed Standard Employment Contract to the job seeker as soon as practicable.

This was the seventh case since 2018 and resulted in the revocation or refusal to renew the employment agency’s license.

Previously, Familia Employment Agency located in Tai Po and My Friends Service Limited in Tsuen Wan, both in the New Territories, had their licenses revoked after they were convicted of overcharging a total of four job-seekers.

Three other employment agencies, namely Tin Wai Employment Company Ltd located in Kowloon’s Mong Kok and Tuen Mun in the New Territories, Good Family Employment Agency Company Ltd located in Kennedy Town, and Galaxy Maid Employment Consultants Ltd located in Central and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island had their licenses revoked due to various violations of the Code of Practice.