New class action law in Thailand

The Thai Civil Procedure Code has been amended to allow for class action suits to be brought by large groups of plaintiffs for breach of civil wrongs, including breach of tort, breach of contract and breach of labour rights. The amendment is the product of a 14-year class-action amendment consultation process, involving collaboration between Thailand … Read more

Singapore: Foreign hiring requirements to be tightened

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) recently announced that it will introduce new rules requiring firms to advertise job vacancies on a new ‘jobs bank’ administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (SWDA) before a firm can apply for an Employment Pass (EP). Firms identified by MOM as needing to improve their hiring practices will come … 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