Tag Archives: working hours

South Korea: new government announces proposals to increase support for work-life balance

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In has announced the Government's support for greater work-life balance for Korean employees, including proposals to curb Korea's notoriously long work days, broaden parental leave and ease the burden of childcare costs. Following President Moon … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights, Workplace Health and Safety

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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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace Health and Safety

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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Asia: Working hours

Rules on working hours vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and can be tricky to implement in practice. This month, we take a look at the standard working hours in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Thailand.

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Taiwan: Compliance check – Taiwan’s working week

Taiwan moves to enforce two days off a week for employees by legislating a five day work week.  There are currently two proposals being debated by the Legislative Yuan; whichever is ultimately adopted, employers will need to review their working … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks)

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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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

Legislative proposals: working hours

The deadline for the European social partners to reach an agreement on proposed changes to EU working time rules has been extended from September to 31 December 2012.

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Filed under Jurisdiction: France, Jurisdiction: Spain, Jurisdiction: UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks)