Tag Archives: migrant workers

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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Filed under Employment law reforms, Jurisdiction: Asia, Redundancy

UK: April 2017 changes – apprenticeship levy, tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, statutory benefits and immigration skills charge

From 6 April 2017 UK employers with an annual pay bill of or over £3 million will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy at a rate equivalent to 0.5% of their payroll costs, subject to an offset allowance of … Continue reading

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Filed under Family-friendly rights, Jurisdiction: UK, Termination of employment, Time off rights

Asia: Human rights – modern slavery and labour issues

Concerns in relation to “modern slavery” are increasingly important for businesses to recognise. This is especially so in Asia, where poor enforcement mechanisms and unfamiliarity with employee rights often result in exploitative working conditions. What can companies do to ensure … Continue reading

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UK: Government announcements – workers’ rights post Brexit, employee representation on boards, employment of foreign workers, and review of modern employment practices

At the Conservative Party conference, Theresa May announced plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which gives direct effect to EU law in the UK, and to transpose all existing EU laws into domestic legislation. She also promised that … Continue reading

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Filed under Boardroom diversity, Employment status, Incentives, Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration

Singapore: Measures tightening the rules on hiring foreign workers

The Ministry of Manpower has announced measures to ensure fair employment opportunities for Singaporeans, including two main proposals:

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UK: Race discrimination – care needed over instructions on language to be used in the workplace

The recent EAT ruling in Kelly v Covance Laboratories serves as a reminder of the discrimination risks inherent in prohibiting employees from speaking in their native (non-English) language. In this case, the employee's claim that an instruction not to use … Continue reading

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Filed under Discrimination and equal pay, Jurisdiction: UK

Indonesia: New ministerial regulation on requirements for employment expatriates

On 23 October 2015, the Ministry of Manpower issued a new ministerial regulation (No. 35 of 2015) which amends and clarifies certain requirements under Regulation 16 concerning the procedures to employ foreign workers in Indonesia. Regulation 35 relaxes some of … Continue reading

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UK: Employment law proposals in Queen’s Speech

The Queen's Speech on 27 May included a number of employment law reforms:

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Filed under Discrimination and equal pay, Employment law reforms, Jurisdiction: UK, Trade unions and works councils

Indonesia: Non-resident directors and work permits

An interesting question in Indonesia is whether non-resident directors and commissioners need to obtain work permits. Our team takes a look.

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UK: State and diplomatic immunity – Court of Appeal rules on employment claims

The Court of Appeal has held that foreign staff employed at embassies in the UK could bring race discrimination and holiday pay claims; it considered that the prohibition on such claims is contrary to human rights and EU law and … Continue reading

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Filed under Discrimination and equal pay, Jurisdiction: UK