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Hong Kong: Damages for injury to feelings and exemplary damages

As a general rule, employees bringing a claim for damages against their employer will need to demonstrate that they have suffered financial loss as a result of the alleged wrongdoing. In some cases, however, an employee may also be able … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Fair and reasonable dismissals

The New Zealand Court of Appeal has ruled on the standard for employers in justifying dismissal decisions, finding it requires an overall assessment of whether the decision was fair and reasonable in the circumstances. In A Ltd v H [2016] … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Consultation on standard working hours proposals and recommendations for discrimination law reform

The Standard Working Hours Committee has released a discussion paper for public comment on policy options for regulating working hours in Hong Kong. Currently, there is no statutory restriction on the number of working hours for employers aged 18 years … Continue reading

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UK: Harassment – potential liability for damages to indirect victim

An employer could be vicariously liable under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 for harm caused by an employee harassing a colleague, including harm foreseeably and directly caused to another person; this could be a spouse living at the same … Continue reading

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UK: TUPE – impact of transfer on time limit for harassment claim

A transferee may face claims for pre-transfer harassment lodged more than three months after the transfer where the perpetrator continues to harass post-transfer, even where the perpetrator does not transfer to the transferee (but continues to have a working relationship … Continue reading

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Japan: Record pay out for power harassment and overwork claim

On 4 November 2014, the Tokyo District Court awarded JPY 58 million to the aggrieved family members of a young employee who committed suicide. The Court found that the suicide was caused by power harassment and overworking. This is one … Continue reading

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Australia: How do you compensate sexual harassment?

In brief Last week, the Full Court of the Federal Court significantly increased the damages which an employer was required to pay to an employee who was sexually harassed by a co-worker – from $18,000 up to $130,000. The Full … Continue reading

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Singapore: The new Protection from Harassment Bill

On 13 March 2014 the Protection from Harassment Bill 2014 ("Bill") was passed by the Singapore Parliament. The Bill seeks to provide protection from harassment and anti-social behaviour through a range of criminal sanctions, civil remedies and self-help measures. However, … Continue reading

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Thailand: Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment in Thai workplaces has been attracting increased attention in recent times. One reason for this is that the Thai government is placing more importance on workplace culture and the elimination of sexual harassment in the workplace in order … Continue reading

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Australia: ‘Tis the season to be wary of folly: large damages awarded for harassment following work function

With end of year functions well underway, employers need to be particularly vigilant to ensure they respond swiftly and thoroughly to allegations of sexual harassment made by workers. A recent decision of Justice Bromberg, handed down on 5 December 2013, … Continue reading

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