Jurisdiction: Asia

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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Singapore: Compliance Check – Workplace Incident Reporting

The Ministry of Manpower requires employers, workplace occupiers, and doctors to report workplace incidents where an employee, a self-employed person, or a member of the public dies, is injured or contracts a disease in certain circumstances. Is your company compliant?

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South Korea: Changes to Occupational Safety and Health Regime

In response to a recent spate of incidents involving employers covering up industrial accidents, proposed amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Act) are currently being considered by the National Assembly. The proposed amendments will target anyone who engages … Continue reading

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China: Labour authorities tighten enforcement activities

The Chinese government recently issued three sets of measures to strengthen labour law enforcement in China. These measures are aimed at cracking down on material violations of labour laws and regulations and improving compliance by employers. Companies need to pay … Continue reading

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Asia: UK Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Act) requires certain businesses to prepare and publish a slavery and trafficking statement for each financial year from the year ending 31 March 2016. This may impact organisations in Asia where, for example, the … Continue reading

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