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                                                              Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance (ORSO) schemes

                                                              5 Key Points

                                                              1. Employers who have set up MPF-exempted ORSO schemes, including (i) ORSO registered schemes; or (ii) ORSO exempted schemes for their employees.
                                                              2. The amount of subsidy will be calculated based on 50% of the actual remuneration paid in the "specified month", with a cap at $18,000* per month. The maximum subsidy per employee per month is $9,000, for 6 months.
                                                              3. Employers shall provide the list of ORSO members of the "specified month" with amount of actual remuneration in the format as provided by the processing agent.
                                                              4. Employers will be required to provide an undertaking not to implement redundancy during the subsidy period and to spend all the subsidies on paying wages to their employees.
                                                              5. Make a self-declaration to confirm that all information provided in the application is true, complete and accurate.

                                                                  * Median income in Q2 2019

                                                              Application of Second Tranche

                                                              The second tranche will be open for application from 31 August to 13 September 2020, which basically adopt the same eligibility criteria in the first tranche for employers.

                                                              For Employers Received Wage Subsidies in the 1st Tranche For First Time Applicants
                                                              1. Login to BCT Employer Website and ensure the number of relevant employees is reflected in the MPF record during the subsidy period (i.e. June to August 2020).
                                                              2. Again, application should be made electronically. Make sure the application ESS ID is ready on hand.
                                                              3. Employers can opt for the same "specified month" or choose a different one (still from December 2019 to March 2020).
                                                              4. If the "specified month" remains unchanged, the online application form will automatically show the pre-populated information. If claw back and / or penalty amounts apply, the amount will be deducted from 2nd tranche subsidy.
                                                              1. Application should be made electronically via www.ess.gov.hk.
                                                              2. Required Information: Business registration number, MPF scheme name and employer participating plan number.
                                                              3. Please go to the official website for application details and FAQ.
                                                              4. Login to BCT Employer Website and check the reference information on MPF Records Related to ESS.


                                                              Application of First Tranche

                                                              • Those employees have been members of ORSO schemes on or before 31 March 2020, with HKID.
                                                              • Specified month: Employers can choose any one month from December 2019 to March 2020 as the "specified month" for the purpose of calculating the subsidy.
                                                              • March 2020 is chosen as the reference month. The number of employed employees in March will be compared with the number of paid employees in June, July and August.

                                                              Application Procedure for ORSO Employers


                                                              Please prepare the required information prior to application, which includes:

                                                              • Retrieve the designated form at www.ess.gov.hk to prepare a list of employees with amount of actual remuneration in the "specified month"
                                                              • Business registration
                                                              • Name of the MPF-exempted ORSO scheme, MPF exemption number and ORSO registration / exemption number
                                                              • Scanned copy of the exemption certificate
                                                              • Scanned copy of bank statement
                                                              [Please refer to the ESS portal for all required information and document]
                                                              Gov't Appointed Processing Agent
                                                              • ORSO employers are required to submit online application via the official ESS portal
                                                              • - to upload the completed designated form about list of employees
                                                                - to sign undertaking
                                                                - to make self-declaration
                                                              • Gov't appointed processing agent
                                                              • - to perform vetting of the application
                                                                - may schedule an appointment with the ORSO employer to conduct on-site checking, so employer must keep appropriate supporting documents (such as bank auto-pay record, pay list, or BCT contribution statement) for processing agent to verify the information
                                                              • The government will disburse the subsidy to eligible employers
                                                              • ORSO employers shall keep true copies of the supporting documents for ESS application for 2 years for post-application auditing



                                                              Application of the first tranche
                                                              25 May 2020 - 14 June 2020 Via the ESS portal provided by gov't appointed processing agent
                                                              From the end of June 2020* The government will disburse the subsidy
                                                              (to subsidise payment of staff wages from June to August)
                                                              Application for the second tranche
                                                              31 August 2020 to 13 September 2020 Via the ESS portal provided by gov't appointed processing agent
                                                              From the end of September 2020* The government will disburse the subsidy
                                                              (to subsidise payment of staff wages from September to November)
                                                              * According to government's information, subsidies will be disbursed in around 3 to 4 weeks after application


                                                              The Government's ESS Enquiry Channels
                                                              Website : www.ess.gov.hk
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                                                              Help Desks (The help desks may be closed during epidemic period. Please call the above hotline to check.)
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                                                              • Room 1206, Chinachem Tsuen Wan Plaza, 455 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan