Jurisdiction: Asia

Asia: Mandatory Employment Policies

HR practitioners will be aware that work rules are mandatory in certain jurisdictions in Asia once an employer reaches a specified number of employees. However, an often-overlooked area is whether employers must or should establish other types of employment-related policies … Continue reading

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Singapore: Compliance checks- changes to entitlements effective 1 July 2017

Changes to shared parental leave and adoption leave entitlements as well an increase in the re-employment age ceiling will take effect from 1 July 2017. This is a good juncture for companies to review their employment policies to ensure they … Continue reading

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PRC: Is Hiring Expatriates Becoming More Difficult?

PRC authorities have launched New Work Permit Rules in April 2017. Consistent with the PRC authorities' attitude to "welcome high-end, control mid-level and restrict low-end expatriates" (鼓励高端,控制一般,限制低端), the New Work Permit Rules on the one hand streamline the expatriate work … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: How far does the Labour Tribunal’s duty to investigate extend?

Two recent Court of First Instance decisions in Hong Kong – Fung Tsun Tong v A Link Network (HK) Ltd (Fung Tsun Tong) and Vermeerbergen Peter Alfred v Swisstribe Ltd (Vermeerbergen) – explored the nature and extent of the Hong … Continue reading

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Asia: The Role of Unions

Unions are becoming increasingly prevalent across Asia. Here we take a look at which aspects of the employment relationship unions may be involved in Singapore, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

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India: Key changes for maternity benefits

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, which introduces key changes to the maternity benefits set out under the Maternity Benefit Act 1961 (the Act), received presidential assent on 27 March 2017 and has now mostly come into force. Is your … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: The labour policy promises of the new Chief Executive

On 26 March 2017, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was elected as the city's next (and first female) chief executive, after winning 777 votes from a 1,194-member election committee. In a 520-page manifesto, Carrie Lam set out her policy campaign including, … Continue reading

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Japan: Combatting the overtime culture

Currently, employers are in principle prohibited from causing employees to work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Subject to a Labour Management Agreement being entered into with a union consisting of more than half the … Continue reading

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Singapore: Tripartism Updates

Labour policy in Singapore has long been handled collaboratively by the Government, employee unions and employers in what is known as the tripartism movement. This movement has now been formalised through the setting up of a corporate body, Tripartite Alliance … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Religious Holidays Allowance

Last year the Ministry of Manpower issued an important regulation regarding religious holiday allowances, in the form of Minister of Manpower Regulation No. 6 of 2016 (Regulation 6/2016). Regulation 6/2016 revoked and replaced the previous regulation governing the issue, which … Continue reading

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