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120.         I attach importance to strengthening support for workers at the grassroots level, including providing the relief for their work-related travelling expenses. After taking office, I asked the LWB to advance the mid-term review of the Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme and implement enhancement measures. The enhanced scheme with relaxed income and asset limits will allow applicants to apply on an individual or household basis to suit their circumstances.

121.         The Labour Department (LD) now provides job seekers with free employment services through its 12 job centres across Hong Kong. A new job centre will be set up in Tung Chung. In tandem, the LD plans to enhance employment support for young people, the middle-aged and persons with disabilities. More financial incentives will be provided for employers through the Youth Pre-employment Training Programme and Youth Work Experience and Training Scheme, the Employment Programme for the Middle-aged and the Work Orientation and Placement Scheme to encourage them to employ and provide on-the-job training to job-seekers and workers having difficulty in switching jobs.

122.         I advocated paternity leave in my Manifesto. The Labour Advisory Board has endorsed legislation for three days of paid paternity leave. The Government hopes that legislation could be enacted as soon as possible.


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