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                                                              Self-employed (MPF)

                                                              For SEPs who have not applied in the 1st tranche, they can apply in the 2nd tranche which will be open for application from 31 August to 13 September 2020

                                                               

                                                              • MPF accounts should have been set up on or before 31 March 2020 (cannot be backdated to that date or any earlier dates), which have not been terminated as of 31 March 2020
                                                              • One-off lump-sum subsidy of $7,500

                                                               


                                                              Application Procedure

                                                              Self-employed Person
                                                              flow

                                                              Please prepare the following information prior to application:

                                                              • MPF scheme name ("BCT (MPF) Pro Choice" / "BCT (MPF) Industry Choice") and participating plan number (11 digits, e.g. 00012345678)
                                                              • Scanned copy of bank statement
                                                              Gov't Appointed Processing Agent
                                                              flow
                                                              • SEPs are required to submit online application via the official ESS portal
                                                              • Authorise the processing agent to receive data directly from BCT to verify the information
                                                              BCT
                                                              flow
                                                              • Send an "MPF record certificate" to the processing agent directly
                                                              • Applicants may request BCT to provide the relevant ESS information for reference
                                                              Gov't Appointed Processing Agent
                                                              flow

                                                              Perform vetting of the application

                                                              Self-employed Person

                                                              The government will disburse the subsidy to eligible SEPs

                                                               


                                                              Timeline

                                                              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

                                                               

                                                              @BCT

                                                              Please ensure that you have the PIN to BCT employer / member website, so that you can check contribution records and information any time

                                                               

                                                              The Government's ESS Enquiry Channels
                                                              Website : www.ess.gov.hk
                                                              Hotline:1836-122
                                                              Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                                                              Help Desks (The help desks may be closed during epidemic period. Please call the above hotline to check.)
                                                              • Rm 1701, A T Tower, 180 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong Island
                                                              • Room 2507, Prosperity Center, 25 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong
                                                              • Room 1206, Chinachem Tsuen Wan Plaza, 455 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan

                                                              Employer (MPF)

                                                              4 Key Points

                                                              1. In general, employers can apply for wage subsidies for the following categories of employees
                                                                - Regular employees1 under Master Trust Schemes and Industry Schemes for whom mandatory contributions have been made by their employers. Casual employees are excluded.
                                                                - Employees aged 65 or above under Master Trust Schemes and Industry Schemes for whom voluntary contributions have been made by their employers / trustee has their salary information OR 65 or above with an MPF account without voluntary contribution / salary information (a wage subsidy of $5,000 per month for 65+)
                                                              2. The amount of subsidy will be calculated based on 50% of the relevant income paid in the "specified month", with a cap at $18,0002 per month. The maximum subsidy per employee per month is $9,000, for 6 months. There will be 2 tranches of application.
                                                              3. The relevant income of the contribution records of employees with employer mandatory contribution fully settled for the contribution period(s) falling within the specified month” will be used for the above calculation.
                                                              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.

                                                                  1 An employee who is at least 18 but under 65 years of age and has been employed in any industry for a continuous period of 60 days or more.
                                                                  2 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

                                                              • MPF accounts of employers and employees should have been set up on or before 31 March 2020 (cannot be backdated to that date or any earlier dates), whom contributions have been settled on or before 7 May.
                                                              • 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.

                                                              Note: Application details of the second tranche is subject to government announcement later.


                                                              Application Procedure for Employers

                                                              Employer
                                                              flow

                                                              Please prepare the following information prior to application:

                                                              • Business registration
                                                              • MPF scheme name ("BCT (MPF) Pro Choice" / "BCT (MPF) Industry Choice") and employer participating plan number (11 digits, e.g. 00012345678)
                                                              • Choose any one month from December 2019 to March 2020 as the "specified month" for the purpose of calculating the subsidy
                                                              • Scanned copy of bank statement
                                                              Gov't Appointed Processing Agent
                                                              flow
                                                              • Employers are required to submit online application via the official ESS portal
                                                              • Select "specified month"
                                                              • Sign undertaking
                                                              • Authorise the gov't appointed processing agent to receive data directly from BCT to verify the information
                                                              BCT
                                                              flow
                                                              • Send an "MPF record certificate" to the processing agent directly
                                                              • Relevant ESS information will be provided by BCT upon request, for employers' reference
                                                              Gov't Appointed Processing Agent
                                                              flow

                                                              Perform vetting of the application

                                                              Employer

                                                              The government will disburse the subsidy to eligible employers 

                                                               


                                                              Timeline

                                                              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

                                                               

                                                              @BCT
                                                              • Please ensure that you have the PIN to BCT employer / member website, so that you can check contribution records and information any time
                                                              • If you are an employer and need to get the employer PIN again, please complete the following form and fax it to 2992 0507 or post it to our office at 18/F, Cosco Tower, 183 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong as soon as possible. We will then send a new password to your registered business address.

                                                              MPF scheme
                                                              "PIN Re-generation Request Form (For Participating Employer)"

                                                              BCT Premier Pooled ORSO Retirement Plan
                                                              PIN Re-generation Request Form

                                                               

                                                              The Government's ESS Enquiry Channels
                                                              Website : www.ess.gov.hk
                                                              Hotline:1836-122
                                                              Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                                                              Help Desks (The help desks may be closed during epidemic period. Please call the above hotline to check.)
                                                              • Rm 1701, A T Tower, 180 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong Island
                                                              • Room 2507, Prosperity Center, 25 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong
                                                              • Room 1206, Chinachem Tsuen Wan Plaza, 455 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan

                                                              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

                                                              ORSO
                                                              Employer
                                                              flow

                                                              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
                                                              flow
                                                              • 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
                                                              ORSO
                                                              Employer
                                                              • 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

                                                               


                                                              Timeline

                                                              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
                                                              Hotline:1836-122
                                                              Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                                                              Help Desks (The help desks may be closed during epidemic period. Please call the above hotline to check.)
                                                              • Rm 1701, A T Tower, 180 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong Island
                                                              • Room 2507, Prosperity Center, 25 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong
                                                              • Room 1206, Chinachem Tsuen Wan Plaza, 455 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan

                                                              About Employment Support Scheme (ESS)

                                                              Introduction

                                                              • To maintain employment during the epidemic by providing time-limited financial support to employers to retain their employees who will otherwise be made redundant.
                                                              • All employers who have been making Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) contributions or have set up Occupational Retirement Schemes (ORSO schemes) for their employees will be eligible for ESS, except those on the exclusion list.

                                                               

                                                              Information Published by the Government

                                                              ESS official website: https://www.ess.gov.hk/en/

                                                              ESS Media Briefing about Application Procedure on 18 May 2020 (Chinese only)

                                                              ESS Frequently Asked Questions and List of organisations excluded from the ESS

                                                              First tranche of wage subsidy under the Employment Support Scheme to receive application from May 25 (with video)  

                                                               

                                                              The Government's ESS Enquiry Channels
                                                              Website : www.ess.gov.hk
                                                              Hotline:1836-122
                                                              Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                                                              Help Desks (The help desks may be closed during epidemic period. Please call the above hotline to check.)
                                                              • Rm 1701, A T Tower, 180 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong Island
                                                              • Room 2507, Prosperity Center, 25 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong
                                                              • Room 1206, Chinachem Tsuen Wan Plaza, 455 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan