Pizza Hut returns a missing slice of salaries

Local | Riley Chan 3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong Pizza Hut short-changed some of its staff by 1 percent in salaries over the past 10 years, but the miscalculation will bring a Christmas windfall for all those affected - past and present - as they will be reimbursed in December.

In an internal statement to employees, the food chain's human resources department informed them that the holiday pay of some staff was miscalculated over a decade.

Repayment will be retrospective from 2007. Current staff will receive the payments together with their monthly salary next month, while former employees will be given checks hopefully by the end of this year, according to the statement.

According to Pizza Hut, the calculation method for holiday pay for current staff was rectified in August.

Henry Yip Cheuk-tak, chief executive of Pizza Hut, apologized to the affected staff in the statement.

It is understood that the mistake was related to an amendment of the Employment Ordinance in 2007, which stated that commission accrued and calculated on a monthly basis should be included in the calculation of holiday pay and annual leave pay. The human resources department had made corresponding changes, but found an error in August this year during a salary review, sources said.

The company refused to disclose the amount involved and the number of staff affected, but stressed that the impact was small since it only accounts for 1 percent of the staff annual salary.

The Eating Establishment Employees General Union was delighted to see the group admitting its mistake.

"They made the correction on their own initiative. It's a good thing," committee member Leung Tin-chu said.

He believes it was a "careless mistake" made by the company's accountants. Many employees have confirmed receiving the message from Pizza Hut.

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