Japan: Yet more potential labour law reform

Following the recent election in Japan, the government is examining ways of introducing more flexibility in employment contracts. Steven Harwood looks at the various government proposals in this post. Read more

Asia-Pacific: Governments crack down on the use of agency and temporary workers

In the last year, we have seen governments across the Asia-Pacific region tightening their laws and regulations relating to the use of agency (dispatch) and temporary workers. At least in some cases, this is in response to a perceived over-reliance by companies on agency and temporary workers, which has led to allegations of abuse. For … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills publishes new Asia-Pacific employment law guide and new edition of the Guide on financial services regulation in Asia Pacific

Last month saw two publications in our popular series of Asia-Pacific guides. Our new Asia-Pacific employment law guide provides a detailed summary of the ‘need-to-know’ elements of employment law in 18 jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region.  This guide will be of particular interest to businesses engaging employees across the region. We are also pleased to … Read more

EU bankers’ bonus cap – CRD IV

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a proposal to introduce new rules (known as CRD IV) to put a cap on bankers’ (who work for European banks anywhere in the world) bonuses. The new rules have attracted a good deal of attention from the banking community and media alike.  Gareth Thomas and Susan … Read more